How Can I Help the Homeless?

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Explore the Many Ways to Help the Homeless

Excerpt from Union Gospel Mission webpage - "How to Help People who are Experiencing Homelessness"

1. Give them food, coupons, or gift certificates, or refer them to a local social service agency.  If a person is hungry, offer him/her food, coupons, or gift certificates to nearby restaurants or grocery stores.  Or refer him/her to an agency that can provide food and shelter such as a local soup kitchen.  Never give out cash.  The money you give to “help” that person could be used to buy drugs or alcohol instead.

2. Talk to them with respect.  Taking time to talk with someone experiencing homelessness in a friendly, respectful manner can give them a wonderful sense of dignity. If you can, spend time building a friendship with them — such as talking together while sharing a meal. Experiencing homelessness can be very isolating, discouraging, and embarrassing.  These men and women need the consistent love and encouragement of friends to help them make healthy choices for their lives.

3. Recognize that people experiencing homelessness (and their problems) are not all the same.  The person you meet may be a battered woman, an addicted veteran, or someone who is lacking job skills . . . sadly, the possibilities are endless.  Encourage the person you meet to get help through a mission, but remember that ultimately it must be their decision. Rescue missions offer immediate food and shelter.  Many, like URM, offer long-term rehabilitation programs that help deal with the root causes of homelessness.

4. Support ministries like City Mission through your donations.  City Mission receives no government funding.  Our source of support comes from caring individuals, churches, businesses, and civic groups who see the value of sharing their resources with those in need. Visit here to donate.  Donations of food, clothing, and personal items (such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, combs, diapers, toys, etc.) are always needed and greatly appreciated.  Visit Samaritan Care for more info.

5. Volunteer your time at a mission.  Volunteering not only helps support the work of the ministry, but also gives you the opportunity to get to know the people in need. Many of our volunteers tell us they feel that their lives have changed as much as the lives of the people they are working with!  Contact Volunteer Department at or click here

6. Pray for people who are struggling or experiencing homelessness in your community.  Your prayers are a source of strength and hope to men and women who are struggling with homelessness.  Your prayers are also appreciated on behalf of the guests, residents, and staff here at City Mission.

January 15, 2018
Susan Gartland - Social Media Manager
Sue Gartland
Social Media Manager
Sue has a vast career in gospel rescue missions adding great value to the City Mission team. Sue has been in many roles in the mission and is always filling in where she is needed - which is A LOT!

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