About Us

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About the Foundation:
The Impossible Roads Foundation (IRF) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt international emergency relief organization that interprets “Impossibility” as a continuing story of philanthropy; namely, the circumstantially impossible stories of chaos & desperation remedied through the improbable pairing of community effort, treasure and intention. We bring levity and solution to urgent situations through the legacy and bequest of JP Hope and the wonder of the M/V What If  — (soon to be) the world’s first and only NASA-equipped modular relief ship that provides staging and charitable services for individuals & communities in the midst of an impossible crisis or emergency.
Most emergency relief nonprofits define “emergency” or “disaster” in strict terms that only include natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, etc. However, the Impossible Roads Foundation is the creative and sustainable response for those in the most “impossible” situations, so we are the only local emergency relief organization that defines “emergency” past the familiar disasters of earthquake, fire, and hurricane into the more personal understandings of homelessness, displacement, and general crisis.

We serve and reach those on their “impossible road” through our fleet of donated vehicles. The vehicle fleet is one of the ways we action-out relief. We have a donated emergency relief vintage Airstream trailer, a vintage relief truck, relief bikes, a café racer, and a relief boat under development. This fleet allows us to reach just about anybody… anywhere. All vehicles in our fleet are equipped with a NASA spinoff technology module (https://software.nasa.gov/software/ARC-17472-1) that John P. Hope adapted and added in order to scale, chronicle, and make available community response to the needs around the world. Over the course of the next 5 years, we will be mapping and tracking the world’s needs and impossible people/situations while meeting with community foundations and stakeholders to best determine how to best deliver service and coordinated responses to those that are hurting.