Subscribe to O, The Oprah Magazine for up to 72% OFF what others pay on the newsstand — that's like getting 19 FREE issues! I know this first hand, as my father was homeless for over ten years. Amazingly, his story ended successfully. Washington State Coalition For The Homeless – Since 1984, the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless has taken the lead in advocacy, training and education on issues of homelessness in Washington State.
Food On Foot (Hollywood, CA) – Food on Foot is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets. Homeless Voice (Hollywood, FL) – The COSAC Foundation was originally established in May 1997 to partner with other social service agencies, in the area, that provided help to the homeless population. Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (Detroit, MI) – The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) – a non-profit, faith-based corporation – is committed to sharing the gospel of the love of Jesus Christ and providing hope to the hopeless, disadvantaged, abused and homeless men, women and children of our community. JustGive – One of the first nonprofit organizations to channel the power of the Internet for online giving.
US Department Of Veterans Affairs – Join VA and help Veterans you know who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. US Department of Housing And Urban Development – If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless, help is available. Sometimes, it can be discouraging when our efforts to help homeless pets don’t seem to make much of a dent in the problem. But just because we can’t adopt every single animal that needs a home, or give massive checks to every animal welfare organization we can find, doesn’t mean we can’t help out in other ways that are just as meaningful.
You may not be able to adopt another pet, but you can adopt one – or all – of the employees at your local shelter!
By thinking out of the box just a little bit, it’s easy to find countless ways to help homeless pets, even if you don’t have the space to adopt another pet, or the money to make a large donation. Who We Are“Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets is a group of people passionate, energized and motivated to change the systemic issues behind the overpopulation of pets in Texas.
And while this is all needed and wonderful, it is at times not enough, at least not for the recipients of our charity donations and gifts.
Which means that the [read more]What Kind of Buy-In Do You Need to Move ForwardBuy-in is very much a 21st century word.
Inspirational Speaker and Mentor Norma Joyce Dougherty is the [read more]Embrace Each Others' Inherent Value-Stop Making One Another SickI'm alarmed at existing resistance toward trusting wellness in others.
Women and children in crisis situations experience extra trauma compared to men, which is probably a big reason why they don’t panhandle on the streets. Dickens actually wrote A Christmas Carol to make people aware of the blight of poverty and lack of regulations for workers during the Industrial Revolution. Yes, the holidays happen in winter, which is good, because homeless people need the most help during winter. Amy Joy is a writer and mom currently residing in the magical, northern wonderland of Calgary, Canada.
Personally, I struggle with the belief that, “the homeless are just going to use that money for drugs and alcohol” and I don’t want to be an enabler of those activities. These are bags with travel size bar of soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb and razor. I don’t give money directly to the homeless, but I do give money to the homeless community. The next time someone asks for money, stop and have a conversation with them, offer another solution rather than money. Jenna used to be the Community Manager at personal finance site, Adaptu, and is now an Account Executive at a local PR firm. I used to take home food from the cafe I worked at, at the end of the day, and often gave some of it away to people on the street on the way to the bus stop. I love talking to the clients at the food pantry where I have volunteered at for the last 15 years. I had it easy in the homeless department: Florida over winter and I did have a car to sleep in.
I like the concept of meals, having a few granola bars or something similar available to give out is a wonderful idea. My 4 year old daughter and put together some blessing boxes (I got reusable plastic totes from the dollar tree) and filled them with toiletries (razor, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.), a small water, granola bar, a mint, a small bible and 4 quarters.
I don’t mind helping out the homeless, but I have had some bad experiences with some when I would give them apples and granola bars. Donate SuppliesYour local shelter or rescue group probably has a wish list of supplies and equipment it needs to save pets' lives and keep them fed and comfortable. Below is a list of things that you can do at almost any shelter that we can guarantee they would be thankful for. Almost every shelter has a list of supplies that they are always in need of normally containing blankets, chew toys, leashes, collars, paper towels, cleaning supplies and more.
We all can’t be marketing and ad people like of Mad Men, but we can help spread the word!
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were over six-hundred and forty-three thousand homeless people in the United States, as of January 2009. There are people who have dedicated their lives to helping those who are less fortunate, and that includes knowing what kind of help they actually need to get them back into the best shape possible. Our board of directors represents housing and service providers, ten year plan groups and continuum of care groups from every county in the state. Our commitment to charitable causes inspires us to create new ways for you to find, learn about, and support virtually any charity, anytime. HUD, along with many other Federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless.


One person can only adopt so many pets from a shelter, and most of us aren’t wealthy enough to donate significant amounts of money to help out. Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets takes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.
Tree lots miraculous sprouted, and even if you live in a sunny California, as I do, you get frosted trees—bringing at least the appearance of winter into your very own home. This is what prompts us to write those generous checks to charity in the effort of telling ourselves that we care. Yes, they need the means and ways to survive and meet basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing; but humans are social beings and social beings need more than what money alone can provide. We find a way to provide them a fit, a place where they belong, a place where their voices are heard and their lives valued. Her books The Law of Integrity; A New Way of Being, and Acronyms That Heal will be released soon. We get so caught up with trying to do good over the holidays that we sometimes forget to question whether what we’re doing is actually good.
By tossing your vague charity at a male panhandler, you are perpetuating the idea that the streets are for men. There are many narratives from former homeless people about the various iterations of homelessness and panhandling.
But if giving to homeless people only happens over the holidays, you need to reexamine your motives (see above). These blessing bags are a great source of materials to help a homeless person feel dignified. Coming from a place of being completely ignored, for a day or week or longer, just showing the simple act of respect and acknowledgement can change someone’s day. I donate 10% of my salary to Bridgetown Inc, the charity that runs Night Strike, but I’m going above and beyond that and am currently fundraising $27,000 for my 27th birthday to build a mobile medical clinic that would provide additional services to the homeless community here in Portland.
Even if I feel like I can’t give anything else, I acknowledge that there is an actual human being talking to me.
These people have a 5 second window to get a bit of help, and a asking for money for food is probably what works best without having to explain their whole life to every person they approach. We have volunteered at a local shelter somewhat often and love being able to do something practical in order to give to them as opposed to just giving money.
I hate the idea of giving money because deep down inside I know that’s going to be spent on alcohol.
My wife and I have done a fair amount of volunteering to help those in need and it’s always rewarding to help someone else.
I usually just give the homeless peeps in my area money but would love to be more thoughtful with what I give. Instead of throwing away that old crate or blanket or computer printer, check with your local animal shelter or rescue to see if they need it.Supersize Your EffortsBecome the point person for a specific need your shelter has.
Take time to repost things on Facebook or reTweet on Twitter posts from your favorite organization to help raise awareness.
The problem is that the staff does not have time to call people on the list when the dogs come in.
Volunteer your time to help recruit sponsors (even ask the company you work for), find vendors and at the very least, support the event by coming and telling all your friends to come. Helping their organizations via donation of money or even time, if you are so moved, is truly the best way to go. If you know a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, VA has dedicated services you can help them access.
Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance. Whatever your talents, put them to good use by offering your services to your local shelter, free of charge.
That’s why spending some time grooming pets at your local shelter can be so helpful in finding them homes.
Sometimes it’s the creative, heartfelt efforts like these that make the biggest difference, in the end. Many feel the closing of the current year only marks one more calendar year of a life not well-lived. We provide them a means where they can provide a value and service and importance to others, to the world as a whole, to us as individuals.
All it really requires is the investment of your time and an open mind and a receptive ear.
Following her mother’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2007, she completed massage therapist training at Culver City-based IPSB, Oncology Massage training at Orange County-based Greet The Day, and MLD certification from the Klose Institute. There are homeless people who live in cars, there are homeless people who work during the day, there are homeless people who are trying to get sober in a halfway house, there are homeless people who are working to build their resumes and work experience. There are many theories on human self-interest versus interest in others’ well-being, but the general consensus is that because we are social creatures, we have natural empathy for others.
When you do your best to give your resources toward meaningful change, that’s always a good thing, even during the holidays. This gives me time to learn more about them, their name, and story and offer some suggestions on where they can get more resources. I offer to buy tickets right then and there if they seriously need the ticket, they’ll take me up on the offer. Even when I’m in a rush, I make a point to stop, acknowledge the fact that I see someone, really see him or her, and give them a full response.
Zonta, along with rotary, Lions, apex, soroptomists etc all support their local homeless shelters and refuges.


I think there is a time and place for both forms of giving, especially if you’re able to meet direct needs.
However, I remember when I went to NYC I felt so overwhelmed by my struggle with wanting to help the homeless community. The only part that gets under my skin is if they are ungrateful for a free, warm meal or the like. They always need people to help walk and wash dogs, assist visitors, volunteer at adoption events and more. If the organization you are volunteering for doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter page, ask them if you can create one.
Take time to help out and call potential adoptors when there is a match and help them find a forever home.
Some of the links below are Local, some national, some are faith-based organizations, others are not (I’m equal-opportunity when it comes to helping). Ask family and friends to donate their old towels or blankets, or throw a block party, and ask each guest to bring something from your shelter’s list. You’d be surprised at the wide range of specialized skills needed to run a shelter effectively, from community outreach to fundraising to administrative duties to animal care. Training works the same way – a family is much more likely to adopt a dog that understands and obeys commands, rather than one they’ll have to train themselves.
A gesture as simple as writing a thank you note or baking cookies for the team can really make a difference. And many are in this state of mind due to unfortunate circumstances and by no cause or fault of their own. Humans as a whole need to feel like they belong somewhere, have something of value to contribute, and that they matter. We show them that we care and we believe that they matter, their lives matter, they have much left to contribute.
They were encamped under the Market-Frankford El and I-95 overpasses.Of those, 88 percent - or 466 people - had mental-health illness, addictions, or both. You will almost never see any of those people panhandling on the streets, yet they need your time and money investments. I live in Manchester, UK and with the latest developments in the economy (no development) we have more homeless people as well.
I felt as though everywhere I went there was someone in need and I didn’t know how to help them. Not only do these things help the shelter keep costs down, they help pets get socialized so it’s a win-win. This list is not comprehensive in the least – use your favorite search engine to find ways to help and give in your local area. We also gave 20 sleeping swags to the homeless drop in centre to give to people who sleep rough.
I will make a call and see what our local homeless shelter needs, thanks Jenna for opening up my eyes to another cause.
During the previous crisis (in the 80s and early 1990s) a friend was telling me how he used to talk to one of the homeless people (on top of giving him money).
When I lived in Chicago, even though I was touched, I wasn’t as overwhelmed because 1) I was used to it (which is sad in a way) and 2) I was part of a community where we would be able to find ways to help.
I will help out someone on the street that I pass, but I don’t tend to give to those begging by the highway off-ramp. Get even more creative and ask a local linen store to help you with a drive by offering a discount on a new blanket to anyone who donates a used one to your cause. If you’re a hairdresser, give your adopted worker a free haircut; if you’re a massage therapist, give free massages. The homes, plus supportive services, including mental-health counseling, are financed through a variety of federal sources serving the homeless, military veterans, and people with behavioral issues.In addition, Project HOME, a nonprofit that houses and helps the homeless, has just opened a 53-unit rental apartment building in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia. Find your local service club and you can easily do non-money contributions safely through them.
One day, the guy told my friend that he can rent a room if he has five pound (at the time this was worth more than now) but to get the money he needed an address. You could even collect gift cards from local businesses to present to them as a thank you from the entire community. My friend gave him five pound and the homeless guy started sorting out his life from there – he got a room, got social security, went on some courses and got a job. If you feel the need to do something for a panhandler or for folks in a shelter, be a human being with them. When vacancies become available at transitional shelters or temporary havens, outreach teams try to bring in people from the streets.In addition, the nonprofit Pathways to Housing will manage the people moving into the 125 new units made available as a result of the survey. The group will find apartments for people and provide health and social services for them to live independently.Philadelphia spends about $98 million a year on homeless housing and services - two-thirds of which comes from state and federal sources. The amount has held steady despite budget cuts."Unfortunately, all we can do is identify resources that we have and what is already available," said Dainette Mintz, city director of the Office of Supportive Housing. There are many aspects of shelter and rescue operations, from office and administrative duties to training, feeding and grooming, to adoption events and community outreach and education, site maintenance and fundraising. Call shelters and rescue groups in your area and let them know your skills are at their disposal! Supersize Your EffortsEnlist co-workers or union mates to offer their skills as well, or take responsibility for wrangling all the different experts needed to complete a special project for your shelter from start to finish.



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