The haves will be out spending their money today - mostly buying Christmas presents - so we are giving you a list of charities that we recommend who help the have-nots. This short list is based on what people are saying on the street, our own experiences, as well as a good look at the number of hits various posts have gotten over the last year. We know that if a homeless person is in need they may use this blog to find services they might be able to access.
HERE IS OUR LIST OF NON PROFITS THAT WE THINK DESERVE A DONATION:
http://sanfernandovalleyrescuemission.org/index.php/en/ SHOWER TRUCKS - SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RESCUE MISSION and rebuilding since fire. Small family shelter. Shower Trucks for anyone who can meet up with one. We've met a number of people who depend on these showers to not just smell good but preserve their dignity while out among people.
http://mendpoverty.org/about-us/who-we-are/ M.E.N.D. Meeting Each Need with Dignity.
Showers, clothes, hot meal, groceries, bus tokens on Tuesday AM for Homeless. Takes no government funds. Our experience is that they really do treat homeless with Dignity.
http://graceresources.org/LancasterCommunityShelter.asp LANCASTER COMMUNITY SHELTER RUN BY GRACE RESOURCES. Or other charities in the area that help the homeless. The Antelope Valley has 12-13% of the homeless in Los Angeles County but only gets a small percentage of the funding from governmental agencies. Therefore Vice Mayor Crist this year started begging for funds. If you're wondering where homeless people go when they don't want to go to skid row and have been "moved along" from various places in the county, it's north to the high desert, where you can freeze to death at night.
http://projecttouchonline.com/ PROJECT TOUCH TEMECULA 347 hits to our post in the last 12 months, we know that Riverside County homeless are looking for help through this organization.
Since our original post in March 2012 on Ascencia, which separated from P.A.T.H and takes on Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, and Pasadena homeless, there have been over 1600 hits on Ascencia. We think they are overburdened, do too much intake for the numbers of people they can help. Donating may make those numbers more even.
AS ALWAYS READ "ASK THE SHELTER" which is on our PAGES part of the sidebar. These are questions a person should ask who wants to go into a shelter, questions no intake person or management of a shelter should be shy about answering, and questions you as someone who wants to donate should ask have the answers to.
In some parts of the country the ONLY help homeless can receive is through religious organizations that may push a Biblical agenda, despite that person's religion of heritage or choice.
MAY WE SUGGEST THAT YOU "PAY IT FORWARD" by simply giving some money away, perhaps to someone you know or see around who is in need? Be the secret elf who hands over an envelope of cash or a bag of your own gently worn clothes. If you're shy about wanting a person to know the money is from you, hand it over saying someone else asked you to, and walk away.
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- HOW TO USE THIS BLOG TO FIND SERVICES
- QUESTIONS FOR HOMELESS
- ASK THE SHELTER / NONPROFIT AT INTAKE
- BE A GOOD ROOM MATE AT THE SHELTER
- WHAT MAKES A GOOD CASE MANAGER?
- BIRTH CERTIFICATES - DMV ID - EMAIL - SNAIL MAIL -...
- WE WANT REFERRALS TO EBT FOOD - RESTAURANTS
- TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DIET!
- FIND YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS / LOCAL and NATIONAL
- INTERNATIONAL READERSHIP OF EXPOSE HOMELESSNESS
- CONTACT US - CONFIDENTIAL