i do wish there was a way to better convey to you how i feel about the homeless, their plight and how i truly believe we could solve homelessness and the issues surrounding it, if we put all our resources into a concrete, solid and common sense plan of action. i would like to be able to better express to you how we feel about the work we do with the homeless, why we do it and what it means to the homeless themselves. we think what we do is important and we feel we are giving a needed service to the homeless,otherwise we wouldn't do it.we bypass the gratuitous, however well meaning it may be, brown bag with a sandwich and bottle of water and try to give items that are much needed, not only for some small comfort, but for the health and survival of the homeless. in any case, we believe in what we do, how we do it and why we do it. i can tell you from personal experience that the things we try to give the homeless and the particular group of homeless we specifically target serves a good purpose, are needed and often are not given by organizations. we also try to be there when others have said no or the items needed can't be obtained.
we are not a large organization. we are two and sometimes three people. we have no aspirations of being a medium or large organization. we operate around the fringes of the homeless and it serves our purpose very well. in the near <hopefully> future we are going to make a few changes so we don't constantly struggle for resources. we are vigilantly working on that. i very well may be able to do this full time. but that is in the future. today, the needs of the homeless remain unchanged and many unmet. yes, it is summer and the homeless are no longer in danger of freezing or any of the other things that come with winter weather. but they face different, but just as daunting, challenges in surviving the summer and often brutal heat that comes with it. just as in winter, we do the best we can do to help them thru another season.winter is looming just around the corner and with once again freezing weather and the dangers that come with the cold weather. we are trying to get a jump on winter this year.
but it is a struggle for us to continue doing this. we are constantly scrambling for resources. we are constantly trying to raise money to obtain whatever seasonal items we need. we constantly wonder if the money we need will be there when needs arrive. we struggle just to operate from week to week without consistent donations.so far we have been blessed and have managed to obtain the money we need from season to season to keep going.
we did not obtain enough money to acquire the hot weather items for the homeless and distribute them to the various sites like we wanted. we supplied what we could, when we could, but some needs went unmet. we are once again struggling with the amount we need to keep operating and prepare for the winter. we need your help to do this. i realize, probably more than you could know, how tight money is and what personal budgets need to be met. i realize different people can do different things at different times. but i also realize most of you could do something. whatever reasons you have for hesitating, put them aside and realize that what we do serves us no purpose other than helping the homeless. we don't benefit by it and we gain nothing but personal satisfaction knowing that we have helped another human being at a very difficult and low time in their lives. if you have donated before, consider doing it again. if you haven't donated in the past, please consider doing so today.
we don't have the luxury of waiting and neither do the homeless. the need is real. the need is now. in some cases tomorrow may be too late.
donate today, big or small, so we can continue to help the homeless. don't be concerned that as little as ten dollars isn't enough. you'd be surprised how far it goes. if we could get enough people to do just that, we could easily meet the goal that we need. if you can, please consider a recurring donation. those types of donations help take the guess work out of whether or not resources are available to continue our work.
we need your help. they need your help.go....donate today big or small on our donate section or the home page.
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