We’re all in this together.
The quest to protect and care for those experiencing homelessness is dependent on time and monetary donations by neighborhood individuals. Though it can be tempting to fill an outreached hand, giving to panhandlers has been shown to prolong homelessness rather than alleviate it. Help offered through structured programs and organizations, on the other hand, has a much higher likelihood of lighting an actionable path to escaping homelessness more quickly and safely.
To help your neighbors in need, consider working with one of the excellent neighborhood organizations who are fighting to protect the impoverished. Below, explore some of the options there are to give in the most meaningful, effective ways. If you would like to add your organization to this list, please email email@example.com.
Ways to Give: Make a Monetary Donation
A productive alternative to giving cash is to contribute to one of the local organizations providing shelter and rehabilitation services. Many of these organizations have a link to donate directly on their website:
The Purple Door
Good Samaritan Rescue
Search for Truth Mission
Ways to Give: Donate Needed Goods
Donated goods are critical to help organizations provide those in need with essential items such as toiletries and hygiene products. Most of these items need to be donated new, but some can be lightly used second-hand in good condition.
For more information, please contact one of our area organizations directly.
What To Do If You Are Panhandled
Individuals that are struggling with poverty will most often resort to panhandling as a last resort, so it’s important to regard them with respect and compassion when declining. Providing cash is your choice, but has been known to prolong homelessness. If you are aggressively panhandled, please report the incident to local authorities.
The downtown need network info card is available for free at downtown area businesses and is designed to connect people with agencies that can help them avoid panhandling – you can download it here.
downtown need network
Our downtown area is blessed with excellent organizations dedicated to helping families and individuals that are experiencing homelessness. The downtown need network info card is designed to direct those in need to these channels so that they don’t have to resort to panhandling, which studies have shown to prolong homelessness over time. The info cards are available at downtown area businesses, and can be printed out at the link below.