“How can I help someone who’s homeless?”
As the head of Interfaith Community Services, a large social services agency that serves homeless people, I’m often asked that question.
The good news is that the people of our community – led primarily by nonprofit service providers in partnership with government agencies and volunteers – helped more than 7,402 households overcome homelessness and move into their own home within that same time period.
But the problem is getting measurably worse. More people are living, and even dying, on the streets of San Diego County.
So how can you help? Let’s turn to Rex for some ideas (Rex asked that his last name not be used). Rex is a veteran who overcame homelessness this year. I know him from his time in Interfaith’s homeless veterans housing program, but my most recent encounter with him was different. He came by the office last week to show off his new work truck, purchased by his own hard-earned dollars. He was also there to hire one of our homeless clients for day labor.
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Greg. percentage wise, how many of the homeless population are like Rex that are capable and motivated to be employable?
Another way to help the homeless : contact local public officials and let them know you will hold them accountable for reducing homelessness.
Thank you, Greg. Every little gesture helps. If someone wants to make a longer-term commitment to help an individual, which organizations would you suggest they reach out to? I'm one of those someones. :) Thank you for the support that Interfaith Community Services provides to our neighbors in need.