Helping Starts with a Conversation
Helping starts with a conversation. Sometimes, this is an uncomfortable conversation so let’s have one.
Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time. We have both been there and if you want to help, here are some suggestions we found from firsthand experience:
- We rarely give out cash only. When we were homeless, absolutely did we appreciate it! But this was a very short-term solution and mostly was spent at the local gas station within walking distance.
- Gift cards/E-gift cards are life. We needed things that I bet you never thought of.
- Chap stick
- Male hygiene products
- Female hygiene products
- The means to keep a phone activated. Phones are a lifeline. Besides the library, phones were the only way we had to submit paperwork for resources, find a job and keep on the grid.
- Gift cards to local businesses/coffee houses. Many shelters you have to out of during day light hours. A gift card to a local coffee house meant coffee (of course) but also the use of their Wi-Fi network. Most resources available for assistance are done online. A safe place with a wireless network was critical.
These are the top answers to the “What can I do to help” questions.
It’s as simple as a pair of gloves. Firsthand, when we were walking one winter, we came across a young lady that just came to the shelter. She just had a light jacket and Pixie immediately said, “Oh dear, you can’t be out here like this”. Pixie took her gloves off and gave them to her.
This is what we do. Little things.
There is no shortage of service work and it all starts with a conversation.