A dangerous, homeless drifter
who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery.

A gutsy woman
with a stubborn dream.

A story so incredible
no novelist would dare dream it.

Now a Charitable Foundation

Help us carry Miss Debbie's
torch for the homeless

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"We's all homeless
just workin' our way home"

...Denver Moore

Our Charity — Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The sight of a ragged hungry stranger on the street has gripped your heart. You are unsure how to respond, but feel you must, though you walk away. Millions of people every day are faced with this dilemma, conflicted, wondering what will happen to them if they stop and help at the same time wondering what will happen to the hopeless one if they don’t.

A donation here will help many of those who have found themselves in the ditches of life desperately in need of a good Samaritan. And you can rest assured that regardless of what they choose to do with your money, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS. For what you do for the least of these, you have done for God and it does not go unnoticed.

Same Kind Of Different As Me Foundation was birthed from the thousands of responses we received from readers who’s lives were impacted by reading our New York Times best selling book SAME KIND OF DEFFERENT AS ME published in 2006, and now a major motion picture to be released by Paramount February 2, 2017. For three and one-half years our book remained a bestseller enabling us to help raise more than $90,000,000 for the homeless all across America.

We continue to get requests daily from organizations and individuals with legitimate needs that we are not able to meet without your help. In addition, we desire to assist homeless individuals re-unite with their families and loved ones. Sometimes, a phone call and bus ticket is all it takes to get a lost soul off the streets and back to work.

Thanks to all of you for helping us help those who have lost all their hope and dreams to be able to hope and dream once again.

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10 ways to help the homeless

Mission Statement

1. Ask your church to provide all the needs for one homeless person. Housing, job, and most importantly, LOVE.

2. Show kindness and respect to those who do not appear to be dangerous.

3. Ask their name and immediate need. Help if you can.

4. Give them money, pre-paid debit card, or gift certificates to Chick-fil-A or another convenient restaurant. Don't fret about how they spend the money. YOU WILL RECEIVE THE BLESSING.

5. Offer the use of your cell phone and help them call home.

6. Buy products such as sleeping bags, backpacks, water bottles, and blankets from our website that directly benefit the homeless and carry them in your car. All profits are spent to aid the homeless.

7. Get involved with a local shelter. Volunteer, donate food, clothing, and most important, money.

8. Mentor a homeless adult or child. Encourage them to tell their story and help them write it.

9. Always use caution when approaching a homeless person on the street. Show kindness and respect but do not take unnecessary chances.

10. Donate to our Same Kind of Different As Me Charitable Foundation and we will use your gift to give hope to the hopeless.

About Same Kind of Different As Me


Denver was born in rural Louisiana in January 1937 and after several tragic events went to live on a plantation in Red River Parish with his Uncle James and Aunt Ethel, who were sharecroppers.

Sometime around 1960, he hopped a freight train and began a life as a homeless drifter until 1966 when a judge awarded him a ten year contract for hard labor at the Louisiana State School of Fools, aka, Angola Prison!

According to Denver, he went in a man and left a man and received a standing ovation from prisoners in the yard as he walked out of there in 1976. For the next twenty-two years he was homeless on the streets of Fort Worth, Texas. However, there were a few times after a brush with the law, he'd ride the rails visiting cities and hobo jungles across America, sampling regional cuisine like Vienna sausage with fellow passengers.

In 1998, in Denver's own words, "I never met Miss Debbie, Miss Debbie met me" and his life was forever changed.

Denver was quick to tell everyone he was just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody that can save everybody. However this self-proclaimed nobody became an artist, selling hundreds of his original paintings to fans everywhere. He became a singer and self-taught piano player entertaining thousands with his down-home, red-dirt-road style of blues and gospel. Convention centers and auditoriums were filled to hear him tell his motivational story of hope and redemption while raising millions for homeless causes all across America. In 2006, he was named Fort Worth Texas' Philanthropist of the Year for his work on behalf of the Union Gospel Mission.

Denver's mantra was "We are all homeless, just workin' our way home". On March 31, 2012, God swung open the gates of heaven and welcomed him home. He was seventy-five years old when he was reunited with Miss Debbie and left behind millions of folks forever changed by his testimony.

Ron Hall and Denver Moore


Ron Hall’s life was centered around a successful career as an international art dealer and a passion for his Rocky Top ranch on the Brazos River. All this changed in 1998 as a result of an encounter with a homeless man who was threatening to kill everyone in sight in the homeless shelter where Ron and his wife Deborah had begun to volunteer two weeks earlier.

This life-changing encounter, featured on many television and radio shows, inspired Ron to write his first book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, a story of hope and redemption. The word-of-mouth hit became a New York Times platinum bestseller and stayed on the list for more than three and one-half years.

In 2007, President Bush appointed Ron to the State Department Cultural Property Committee to advise the President on diplomatic matters regarding international art and antiquities. He served through December 2011.

Currently, Ron is a screenwriter and producer of the movie version of his book SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME. It will be released in theaters across America by Paramount Pictures February 3, 2017. He recently published SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME, Children's Version, also known as EVERYBODY CAN HELP SOMEBODY.

Ron and his wife Beth reside in Dallas where they direct the Same Kind of Different as Me Foundation.

Praise for Same Kind of Different As Me

I deeply admire what Debbie, Ron, and Denver have been able to achieve on behalf of people in need. Their determination to make a difference has inspired people around the world to recognize in themselves an ability to implement invaluable changes through seemingly small kindnesses. I'm honored to share in telling Debbie's story and to be part of this beautiful effort to perpetuate the legacy of her work.
--Renée Zellweger

It's a rare opportunity for an actor to be blessed with a role so soulful. To embody Denver's spirit was at once an emotional challenge and an extreme privilege, learning the story of a man who came from so little and gave so much. The givers truly are the gate-openers for the world. I hope that we all can find the best parts of Denver’s life and continue that work to benefit humanity.
--Djimon Hounsou

Homelessness is epidemic and anyone who fights the battle to help correct the problem deserves our respect and appreciation. Denver Moore and Ron Hall did more than most to try to shine a light on this plight and, in doing so, revealed that perhaps the most powerful tool in battling homelessness is to simply engage the people around us whose circumstances have left them with less. Working with an excellent cast and crew to help tell the story of Ron's challenging personal journey was a creative joy.
--Greg Kinnear

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Gift Of Art

As a fine art dealer for forty years, clients and friends of Same Kind of Different as Me Charitable Foundation have opted to give unwanted valuable art objects that can easily be converted to cash. The cash, less any commissions that may be charged by the seller, then can be used to support struggling missions and homeless individuals desperately in need of shelter or transportation. Please email Ron Hall specifics to: skodamcharity@att.net. If possible, include photos, size, info on artist as well as original price paid.


Those who have given stock to a non-profit organization know the secret. It is often more rewarding to transfer the stock to the charity than it has been to keep it all those years. One of the greatest benefits of transferring stock is that you no longer worry about their value. When you hold a stock, you may be concerned about the ups and downs of the market. When you transfer the stock – and the worries – to Same Kind of Different As Me Charitable Foundation, the restlessness stops and the rewards begin. Consult your investment or tax professional about benefits of transferring stock before making the gift.

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Same Kind Of Different As Me
Same Kind Of
Different As Me

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A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

What Difference Do It Make?
What Difference Do It Make?

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What Difference Do It Make? continues the hard-to-believe story of hope and reconciliation that began with the New York Times bestseller, Same Kind of Different as Me.

Everybody Can Help Somebody
Everybody Can Help Somebody

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Little Denver grew up very poor, and he didn’t get to go to school. As time passed, Denver decided to hop a train to the big city for a different life. But that life was difficult, and Denver spent many years as a homeless man. But God showed His love through two people who were very different from Denver.


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