Learn. Act. Share.

7lv-pd4xdek-felix-russell-sawThere are many ways individuals, families, groups, organizations, can give to further efforts to end homelessness in their community.

Learn.

Learn about homelessness in your community. Find out what facilities are available for to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness and, find out what’s happening on the ground to ensure there is a system of care in your community able to support individuals and families in homelessness find their way home. Goggle “Ending Homelessness [name of your community]”, 

Act.

Check out the organizations involved in ending homelessness in your community and see what kind of volunteers they need. Drive people to doctor’s appointments. Create a fund-raiser for a charity. Serve meals. Make sandwiches. Offer your time, talents and treasures to make a difference.

Don’t just walk by with eyes lowered when you see someone who appears to be homeless on the street. Smile. Say hello. Acknowledge their presence. Offer to buy them a coffee, sandwich. You don’t have to give money — but smiles are free.

Homelessness can end when we all work together on the shared vision of making it happen.

Share.

As you learn about homelessness, talk to your friends and family. If someone says something you know is more myth than fact, correct them. Like when someone says, “They chose to be homeless they can choose to get out of it.” Gently remind them that people don’t choose cancer, or to be born with brown eyes, just as they don’t choose to be born into poverty.

Judgements don’t help end homelessness. Understanding. Compassion. Knowledge do.

Do whatever you can to ensure people are aware of the facts not myths.