Homeless people can be wives fleeing abuse, veterans devastated by war, children running away, or people who are down on their luck. Find ways to help them.
- Step 1: Employ the homeless in odd jobs or at a place of business, even if only for a couple days. Listen to what kind of help they need to turn themselves around.
- Step 2: Offer personal advice and skills to help homeless individuals seek survival resources, get drug rehabilitation, conduct a job search, fight illiteracy, access free dental and medical work, or benefit from legal counsel.
- Step 3: Convey your passion to others who ignore the problem. Share the benefits of giving and remind friends and family to actively practice the kindness they preach.
- FACT: The National Coalition for the Homeless recently announced that 1.2 million children are homeless, and 400,000 homeless kids attended America's public schools.
- TIP: If you are wary about giving cash to beggars, remember that addicts and alcoholics comprise only a quarter of the homeless population, and that one act of kindness may itself provide momentary relief from a sense of isolation and hopelessness.
- Step 4: Supply local homeless with raw materials for survival and donate clothing to them. Offer them recyclables that can be redeemed for cash. Carry prepared cards inscribed with shelter locations to guide them to a shelter.
- TIP: Many people discount making small contributions because they feel they cannot possibly impact the larger problem. Remember, you can impact individual lives even if you only volunteer a few hours a week.
- Step 5: Arrange pick-ups from a store or restaurant, collecting edible food they can no longer use, and delivering to shelters, churches, missions, or street corner dwellers.
- Step 6: Educate yourself and your family about the political and societal causes and impacts of homelessness. Involve the whole family in giving to help others.
- Step 7: Help other, less fortunate people and fight homelessness by making a donation or volunteering at a shelter. Check with a church or volunteer group to help feed and clothe others.