Helping the Homeless in the Community
When you’re in a public area, it’s possible you may be approached by or otherwise encounter a homeless person.
You may choose, as many do, to ignore this person. But there are some very real things you can do to help a fellow human being under these circumstances.
Engage the person and ask questions
Homeless people are people. Smile and say hello. Acknowledging them shows respect and gives dignity. Learn where they are from. Ask their name. Inquire about what they need most.
Don’t give money to an individual
In most cases, meeting the person’s actual immediate need for food or clothing might be better than giving cash. The most efficient way to donate funds is to give it to your local Rescue Mission and allow the Mission to provide needed services.
Offer public transit tickets
The Metro is a convenient way for homeless men and women to get to appointments and resources. Consider buying tickets in advance to keep with you should you run into someone needing transportation or donate them to the Rescue Mission of Houston Tx. (You can purchase tickets and receive additional free tickets if you use the coupons found in the phone book.)
Offer food gift cards/certificates or tell them about the Mission’s free meals
Food is the most common need panhandlers request money for. If approached, be ready to offer gift certificates to restaurants in the area. Offer to sit and eat a meal with the person as a way to get to know them. And you can always point an individual in need to the Mission.
Point them to resources
Our community has a wide variety of services available to homeless men and women that they may not know about. The Rescue Mission works with dozens of partnering agencies who are here to provide assistance. Encourage individuals in need to call 211, Help Hotline’s Information hotline.
Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. Idealist provides a comprehensive database of tools for organizations. This site is a great one stop resource for the beginner as well as advance nonprofit organizer.
● Website: http://idealist.org
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents - representing some 6 million students - dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education.
● Website: http://www.compact.org/
The on-line journal that caters to volunteer leaders/managers who want to go beyond the mundane in the volunteerism field. Every item in the publication is interactive, inviting readers to contribute comments and additional materials.
● Website: http://www.e-volunteerism.com
Hands on Network
Largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers that reach more than 83% of the nation’s population and extend to 10 countries.
● Website: www.handsonnetwork.org/
Network for Good
Uses the web to help people get more involved in philanthropy in the U.S. Features nonprofit resources, online donation forms, volunteer opportunities, research and more.
● Website: www.networkforgood.org
Corporation for National and Community Service Resource Center
The Resource Center, administered by ETR Associates, is the knowledge management training and technical assistance provider to the Corporation for National and Community Service. It connects service programs with targeted training and information.
● Website: http://nationalserviceresources.org/
Energize, Susan Ellis
This site provides monthly essays and articles on new topics in the field of volunteerism. They also have an on-line library and bookstore with resources for volunteer managers as well as a Referral Network with links to everything in the volunteer field - conferences, awards, web sites and more.
● Website: http://www.energizeinc.com
Non-profit magazine promoting spirited Non-profit management. Browse articles by topic.
● Website: www.nonprofitquarterly.org/
NonprofitRisk Management Center
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center was established in order to provide assistance and resources for community-serving nonprofit organizations with practical, affordable suggestions for controlling risks that threaten a nonprofit's ability to accomplish its mission.
● Website: http://www.nonprofitrisk.org
The Library provides free, easy-to-access, online articles to develop yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations (whether the organization is for-profit or nonprofit). Over the past 15 years, the Library has grown to be one of the world's largest well-organized collections of these types of articles and resources.
● Website: http://www.managementhelp.org/org_eval/uw_fnce.htm
What we do ( Shadow Warriors MC )
Shadow Warriors MC is decanted to helping our community we look forward from hear from any local non profits we can lend a helping hand with, please feel free to contact us