Giving 2(to) Homeless People - Sheltering the Unsheltered
What do homeless people need?
For example, Los Angeles, California, the "Homeless Capital" of the United States of America has
26,000 homeless in the "City of Angels" and 44,000 in the County of Los Angeles
New laws in Los Angeles punish and criminalize the homeless. Where are the angels now? In addition to catastrophic disasters in various parts of the
world such as earthquakes, fires, floods, wars, pandemics, tsunamis, hurricanes
and cyclones, a lack of income and resources and personal tragedies cause
many persons and families to become impoverished and homeless. Homelessness
can be seen as an extension to extreme situational or chronic poverty for
individuals, families or larger groups. Many impoverished people live in
make-shift shelters in shanty towns which may not classify them as "homeless", but do not
provide safe and sane housing. Tent cities are found in Los Angeles and other parts of the United States,
and other nations, as well. The same mild climate that attracts resourceful people to L.A., also provides a fairly comfortable tent location when compared with
the alternatives for those who are struggling day by day. Think of the homeless as people who are
very poor for a variety of reasons, including government and societal failures,
who do not have enough resources to put a stable roof over their heads. Obviously, people living on the streets need a permanent home, but more urgently at this immediate time,
they need safe and affordable shelter,
to protect them from the elements while more enduring housing solutions are explored.
If a person is drowning, do you
throw him a lifeline or do you give him a pamphlet about methods of drowning survival?
Since the supply of affordable housing is sorely lagging behind the need, we need first aid shelter lifelines for people on the streets, public parks and freeway embankments now,
as well as more sensible commitments for affordable housing in the future. Regardless of the costs, some people have no resources whatsover, other than a few coins and dollars
tossed their way by concerned passersby. And beyond those we observe on freeway offramps, onramps and busy corners, there are
hundreds more hidden under canopies and obscure public spaces. How do we help to shelter the unsheltered?
Homeless in America Families Living in Cars - 60 Minutes...
Throughout the world, homeless persons and their children often need
basic survival provisions, medication, food, clothing, blankets and, of course,
housing, or at least a place to stay out of the rain and freezing weather.
Many women and children are homeless, in addition to older people, the mentally
ill, teenage runaways and many people of both genders who have been unemployed
for months and years and have lost their status in society. Displaced
disaster victims and refugees may live in tents or temporary shelters with
You can give money, materials from your
business or collections, or items that you purchase.
Below the list of Needed Gifts, the Giving Resources will help you distribute
your gifts to the intended recipients. Your local phone book lists many
charities and you can also use the new
search tool for charities in a particular city or ZIP code. Check with
the Giving Resource or charity to make sure that they can accept and distribute
material or in-kind gifts. Even if the item is listed on a wish list, it's
best to communicate with the organization in advance of shipping any donated
materials. Some people need help with signs to
ask for help!
Many homeless people need medication to help them survive day by
day. Some have serious illnesses and substance abuse problems and are
in critical need of medical care, medication and treatment for drug
dependencies. If you or your business can contribute medication, this
will be much appreciated. The Sunrise House is one resource dedicated to helping homeless people and others suffering from addiction.
Many homeless persons in various parts of the world are disabled and need
food for themselves and their children. Unfortunately,
many homeless people live in places where opportunities for earning living
wages are hard to find. This problem occurs in the United States and
many parts of the world, especially in the developing nations. Hunger
and homelessness are the immediate effects of poverty and unemployment.
Some homeless people are in need of
electronic devices, such as
laptop computers and
various tools for mechanics and other trades to
help them make a living.
In addition, many of the helping organizations list office supplies, such as
printers and other electronic devices, on their donation wish
lists. Several wish lists are provided in the Giving Resources websites listed
Temporary shelter including
camping equipment and
tent cots are very helpful while people struggle for more permanent housing. Many homeless people need camping supplies to help
keep warm and prepare their food, for example.
To build a house, you need
tools. Many homeless people need tools
and materials to help with temporary shelters. Others need tools for
various trades to help them get a job. If you're living in a car, a
few tools and maybe a new
battery and some gasoline may help to get you
through some cold weather.
For families living in cars or temporary shelters, a few
toys may help
to brighten the day for the kids and the parents who desperately want to
make their children happy. Children need toys to help them get through
the day, to exercise and to learn. Whether they play with
electronic gadgets, children are less likely to get in trouble or pick on
their siblings when they're having fun. The need to play and keep busy
is important for children, not just during the holiday season, but every
week of the year. For practical considerations, toys should be low
maintenance, safe and small.
Educational toys are a plus, especially
if they're low-maintenance and selected for the right age group.
Children's books may also be welcomed in temporary shelters for families.
Beyond Shelter relies on the contributions of private donors,
corporations and foundations to help operate its programs and services.
Founded in 1988, in Los Angeles, California, the mission of Beyond Shelter
is to develop systemic approaches to combat poverty and homelessness among
families with children and enhance family economic security and well-being.
Beyond Shelter accomplishes its goals through responsive service delivery,
people-centered community development, and the creation of knowledge for
social change. Visit
Los Angeles, California USA.
If you have new or gently used clothing, new toiletries/personal hygiene
items, or home furnishings that clients of Coalition for the Homeless might
be able to use, please call 212.776.2112 or email Marisa Butler
firstname.lastname@example.org. Coalition for the Homeless in New York,
New York is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization
helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle
that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to
work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since
our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public
education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. Visit
New York USA.
Founded sometime around March of 1988, COTS was a response to Mary
Isaak’s and Laure Reichek’s concern for the adults and their children who
were sleeping outdoors in culverts, dumpsters or in other unsafe and
unsuitable conditions. Both women realized that FISH (Friends In Service
Helping) and other charitable organizations were not able to respond to the
increasingly numerous requests for shelter. COTS, the Committee On The
Shelterless, offers hope and help to homeless persons in Sonoma County,
California, by providing emergency food, shelter, housing, education on
skills in parenting, money management, mandatory savings programs, job
internships, critical support and other life skills, helping them toward
their goal of getting a home of their own. Visit
Sonoma County, California USA
near San Francisco.
Compass Community Services provides shelter and critical services to San
Francisco's homeless and very low-income families. The agency's
programs support more than 3,000 parents and children each year in their
efforts to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Services include crisis
intervention, emergency shelter, food and clothing, transitional housing,
case management and therapy, job training, enriched infant care and
childcare, and permanent housing placement. Visit
San Francisco, California USA.
Founded in Houston, Covenant House Texas opened its doors in 1983 and for over 30 years,
has continued to help kids in crisis with residential programs, community services, and outreach efforts
designed to keep young people off the streets. Our 80-bed emergency shelter is available on a 24-hour
basis to youth in need. We work with dozens more who come in for walk-in services and serve hundreds of
homeless kids and at-risk youth through our outreach and prevention efforts. Covenant House Texas is
honored to serve over 99,000 free meals every year though our Community Services Center.
In 1988, a health committee was formed, beginning HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention programs. We offer
anonymous HIV testing, confidential HIV testing, STD testing, prevention counseling, individual ongoing
counseling and health education/risk reduction, and HIV prevention education.
Houston, Texas USA
Crisis very much appreciates gift in kind support from our corporate
partners. We are in constant need of it throughout the year to help run our
services for homeless people and keep the costs down. Crisis opens six
shelters in London, England between 23 - 30 December offering homeless or
vulnerably housed people companionship, access to essential services,
learning opportunities and a programme of entertainment. Based at
Crisis HO, Skylight offers a variety of activities for homeless people and
the general public. The Crisis Changing Lives programme provides
financial awards of up to £2000 to solitary people who have been homeless to
help them move towards a work based, vocational goal. Visit
The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) relies heavily on in-kind
support for a variety of goods and services which are critical in assisting
vulnerable individuals reach their highest potential. DESC is one of
the largest multi-service agencies serving homeless adults in the Pacific
Northwest, headquartered in Seattle, Washington. DESC currently provides its
Housing Programs based on an annual
budget of $9.6 million, with a staff of approximately 200. DESC receives
funding from the City, County, State and Federal governments, along with
United Way and private philanthropy. Visit
Seattle, Washington USA.
Habitat ReStores are home improvement stores that accept small and large donations of new or gently used furniture, appliances, housewares,
building materials and more. There may be a ReStore in your neighborhood which you can locate by entering your zip code in the page linked above.
Proceeds from the sales of these items help Habitat's work in your community and around the world. More ways to support this great housing effort
including cash and volunteering, are listed here.
Habitat ReStore accepts new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials, household goods and more from individuals and companies.
Each ReStore is unique, and many locations also accept items outside these categories. The money raised by Habitat ReStores helps families build a
decent and affordable place to call home. When the items you donate to ReStore are sold, the money helps families achieve the strength, stability and
independence they need to build a better future.
Whatever your project, hopefully not as tragic as cleaning up from recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida as shown in the above video, don’t let the
items you no longer need end up in your local landfill. Habitat ReStores divert hundreds of tons from landfills each year, accepting
hard-to-dispose-of items including new and used furniture, appliances and surplus building materials. In many cases, pickup service is provided for
large items. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of these donated goods help families build a foundation for the future.
In the 23 years since its founding, Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter (NCS)
in New York, New York has helped more than 20,000 homeless and formerly
homeless find food, shelter, counseling, employment, and in many cases, a
home to call their own. NCS provides a full continuum of services aimed at
helping people move from the streets to housing and independence.
A skilled and dedicated staff of social workers, psychiatrists, substance
abuse counselors, and vocational and educational specialists, offer the
services needed to help men and women overcome histories of mental illness,
addiction, incarceration, domestic violence, and economic displacement. Visit
New York USA.
Our Mission is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the
Last, and the Lost of our community through the provision of assistance in
the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food,
clothing, health care and independent living communities. At the
Orange County (California) Rescue Mission, averaged over the last eight
years, a full 86 cents of every dollar given goes directly to help the
homeless. If gifts received are above a specific need, they will be used for
Mission programs where the need is greatest. Visit
Orange County, California USA including Santa Ana.
During the holidays and all year long, Raleigh Rescue Mission counts on
your donations of food, gently used and new clothing, furniture, household
items, and more to supply the needs of the homeless, hungry and poor.
Raleigh Rescue Mission was founded in 1961 to minister to the growing needs
of the homeless population of Raleigh, North Carolina. Since that time, the
Mission has provided physical and spiritual nourishment in the form of
relief and recovery programs and services for men, women and children who
are homeless and/or addicted. The Mission strives to prevent recurring
homelessness through the Life Plan Program, a long-term recovery program
providing Bible-based teaching, counseling, job skills and referrals to
other agencies to help stabilize homeless adults and allow them to become
productive members of the community. Visit
Raleigh, North Carolina USA
Outreach & Engagement events:
The best way to get to know who lives in your Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood is through our Outreach &
Engagement events. Outreach & Engagements take place once monthly and are the best way to get to know who lives in
your neighborhood. Outreaches typically last three hours and involve going out in teams to distrubute lunches,
clothing, and hygiene products to your homeless neighbors. Volunteers engage in conversations check to see how people
are doing and provide referrals for services. Our outreach volunteers are vital in helping us gather data to advocate
for services and also help us better understand how people are feeling.
Emergent Shelter for Winter:
Donate through crowdfunding for shelter in Highland Park temporarily housed at All Saints Episcopal Church. Donate what you
can at YouCaring.com for the Winter Access Center.
Each night from now through March 1, the pews of All Saints on Monte Vista
Street will be converted into beds that are covered with pads, sleeping bags and pillows the visitors receive when they arrive.
The access center is open from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m. and can provide shelter for 50 persons.
Donation Pick Up, Sorting, & Soliciting Volunteer:
This is the perfect position if you want to be involved in improving lives however may not feel comfortable approaching
people you do not know or do not have the time to volunteer on the weekends. This position entails picking up items in
the community and dropping them off to our storage, sorting and organizing items during your spare time, and also
asking family friends and community members to donate items we need.
Used items needed include: Clothing: pants, shirts, jackets, tennis shoes, & socks. Blankets, sleeping bags, linens,
pillows, & towels.
New items needed: Socks & Underwear. Hygiene Products: toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, soap, razors, shampoo, &
feminine hygiene products. Gift cards and money also appreciated. Visit
Los Angeles, California USA.
Shelter is the national campaigning charity helping homeless and badly
housed people. We know that bad housing wrecks lives, so we're working
hard to ensure that everyone has a home where they can feel safe.
Through our network of Housing Aid Centres we provide advice about housing
rights and options. We also provide support and training for Citizens Advice
Bureaux (CABx) through the Scottish Homelessness Advisory Service (SHAS),
ensuring that professional advice is always available where it's needed
most. Where legal expertise is required, we can refer clients to our own
legal team or an appropriate local law service or solicitor. Visit
New Beginnings’ Safe Parking Program provides case management and outreach to the homeless
and safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicles in Santa Barbara, California.
New Beginnings has operated the Safe Parking Program since 2004 in cooperation with numerous local churches,
governmental and non-profit agencies and businesses. They provide confidential, daily-monitored parking places
for those who are living in their vehicles because they do not have sufficient income to provide for their
basic need of affordable housing. Visit
Santa Barbara, California USA.
Since 1969 Transition Projects has helped thousands of people transcend
the streets of Portland. On any given day—today, for example—we’re making
the difference in hundreds of lives, providing the tools people need as they
transition from homelessness to housing. We offer long-term shelter, for
starters, plus a unique mix of valuable services that helps people overcome
their own barriers to stable housing and employment. Services like job
training, continuing education, alcohol, drug and mental health counseling,
and more. Visit
Portland, Oregon USA.
We have an increasing number of children at the Mission; currently there
are about 100 children receiving emergency services each day. Union
Rescue Mission (URM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to
serving the poor and homeless. Established in 1891, URM is one of the
largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in
Los Angeles. We provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term
services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and
dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance,
education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children, and
Los Angeles, California USA.
For over 30 years, Union Station Foundation has helped thousands of
homeless men, women and families leave the streets and begin leading
productive and self-sufficient lives. Your contributions help to
ensure that Union Station Foundation remains a lifeline of hope to the
families and individuals that come to us in need. Union Station Foundation (USF),
located in Pasadena, California, is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest private
agency serving the poor and homeless. Union Station offers emergency and
transitional housing for individuals and families, hot meals, job
development, healthcare, case management services and substance abuse
recovery support. Every year, we serve over 145,000 meals and provide 30,000
nights of shelter to our clients. View the
Wish List of
needed in-kind items. Visit
Pasadena, California USA near Burbank Airport.
This page lists organizations that accept donations of finished knitted
goods or in some cases, knitting supplies. It's based on Joan Hamer's Pine
Meadow Knitting News Charity List. Over 40 US states are listed with
multiple organizations in each state.