Through Need People U Trust, Inc., Andre Gore Helps the County’s Homeless Take Their Lives Back
By Annamarya Scaccia/Photos by Sheila Peake
Homelessness is a reality Andre Gore knows all too well.
In 1998, Gore found himself in a “situation,” reluctant to ask his family for help. So the Washington, D.C. native checked into a motel, calling it home for six months. It was a “life-changing experience,” the 57-year-old Upper Marlboro resident says.
“That’s why I’m so passionate about [helping the homeless] because I can identify with many of the issues [they] are facing,” says Gore, founder and executive director of Need People U Trust, Inc. (N-PUT), (pictured, left in yellow), “and not just homeless individuals. Growing up in the District of Columbia, my friends and I were labeled as ‘at-risk kids,’ and it was because of that stigma that was place on us [that] I said if I ever get the opportunity, I was gonna change that.”
So he established N-PUT, an all-volunteer community-based non-profit organization aiding Prince George’s County’s homeless, as well as youth and adults in need. Founded in the capitol in 1999, N-PUT focused chiefly on aiding youth until Gore restructured its mission in 2001 to include all ages. In 2010, N-PUT relocated to the county to “strictly serve” its homeless population. …