Rescue relief - who?- knocking on doors

These guys had windbreaker jackets with clipboards and very serious. They looked like if I opened the door something scary would happen even though broad daylight, and people around. I have no idea why they knocked. Anyone know this group?

ForeverChanges's picture

I always err on the side of 'probable scam' when it comes to clipboards and windbreakers knocking on my door.

My criteria for answering a knock:
Not expecting you? Don't know you? No appointment? Not yelling 'please help!'?
Not opening the door.

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sdm's picture

They were up our way the other day, didn't answer.

So I said to him, "Look, buddy.Your car was upside down when we got here. And as for your grandma, she shouldn't have mouthed off like that"

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Knocked! I was sitting in my living room when he POUNDED on the full glass door and I wasn't off the sofa when he was ringing the bell and POUNDING again. Raised hell with him and told him that I wouldn't give him a penny because of the way they are banging on doors. It sounded like someone was in trouble and desperate to get in.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

ronchito's picture

Why open the door?

pooja's picture

we had some guys come by last night - but they claimed to be from verizon.

Lutherie's picture

Scammers from 2671 Cumberland st near Thompson. Like to wear cop like uniforms. Discussed these folks last year on here.
http://www.rescuereliefforseniorcitizens.com

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Lutherie's picture

My dog is great for visitors like these. He jumps up in the window and grows and barks.

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roman's picture

These folks have been coming around here for years. I always found that they are very friendly and easy to talk too. This time of year is the season for such activity. It's still wise to be cautious when you're not sure but, don't be rude because it only provokes or escalates any real or imagined problem regardless of the situation or concern.
I'll stop here.

ForeverChanges's picture

Yeah, if I were running a door to door duplicitous self-charity donation racket, I'd go out of my way to be extra friendly to any and all potential marks.
So what is the fabricated sad-sack pitch they use? Needy kids? Food for the homeless?

I always donate directly to the charity I want to give to.
Door knock solicitations just have too much of a fraud risk for my liking.

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Avocado's Number's picture

ForeverChanges wrote:
Yeah, if I were running a door to door duplicitous self-charity donation racket, I'd go out of my way to be extra friendly to any and all potential marks.
So what is the fabricated sad-sack pitch they use? Needy kids? Food for the homeless?

I always donate directly to the charity I want to give to.
Door knock solicitations just have too much of a fraud risk for my liking.

I don't know if it's a "racket" or "fraud" as much as a just poorly-run and unnecessary organization.

According to their 2013 990 (publicly available on GuideStar) they took in around $32,000 in 2013. $13,500 went to rent, $400 to other professional fees (probably their accountant), and $16,700 to "other expenses". Of that $16,700, $10,400 went to providing food and utility assistance to senior citizens, $5,900 went to "office expenses/telephone", $400 to bank fees, and $50 to travel/tolls. The person running it is Joseph Kwiatkowski (draws no salary) and the landlord, who seems to be taking in the lion's share of the funding, is Thomas Kelly from New Hope.

While the whole "high overhead" criticism of nonprofits has more nuance than most people understand, in this case it applies. I don't doubt that the people running it have the best of intentions, it just isn't a very effective use of your charitable dollars compared to other organizations.

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." – H.L. Mencken

smallspark's picture

Thanks for the clarification. I didn't think it was the same org as that website given the way they approached my house, which looked empty, and they didn't knock on my neighbors. I felt like I was getting cased for a robbery lol.

Lutherie's picture

You have to be careful since this is the time of year where all the scammers come out of the woodwork. Burglaries increase during these holidays too.

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