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Simple Ways You Can Help End Homelessness

Simple Ways You Can Help End Homelessness

When it comes to living an altruistic life, it’s easy to get bogged down in the big picture of serious issues, and feel like there’s very little impact we can actually make. How can just one person make a difference on such big problems like homelessness?

Homelessness is a significant issue which plagues our community and the world. With such a huge challenge, how can we as individuals make a difference? Today, we’re going to go through some simple, tangible ways you can help put an end to homelessness in your community.

Locate local shelters.
The first step in ending homelessness is simply being aware of the local resources in your neighborhood and community. Search online or in the phone book to learn more about homeless shelters near you, who they serve and what services they provide to clients. Compile a list of local shelters to share with others, or with homeless individuals you may meet. Sometimes the greatest strength in solving a problem is knowing what’s available to solve it.

Fight stereotypes.
Secondly, help dispel homelessness by understanding who homeless people are, and fighting the stereotypes that surround them. A homeless person may be one who has just lost their job, a child coming out of the foster care system or someone with mental illness.

Educate yourself on the various potential reasons for homelessness, and remember every situation is unique. With greater knowledge comes a better understanding of how to combat negative stereotypes, which you can share with your friends, family and community members. When we all work together to recognize homeless people as individuals, we can start meeting their individual needs.

Show respect.
Sometimes what those living in homelessness want more than anything is to be recognized as human beings. They’re often overlooked on the street, completely ignored or even ridiculed or harmed. You can break this cycle by recognizing the homeless as people of value, and showing them the same respect as others. Whether this is having a long conversation, sharing a kind word or just a small gesture is up to you. By treating homeless individuals with respect, we can learn how to better treat them with kindness.

Understand their needs.
The homeless’ needs can be as varied and unique as they are themselves, and understanding those needs takes time and research. Reach out to local shelters and see where their needs are not being met. They could require more job training teachers, one-on-one tutors or greater medical assistance. By asking where the most need is and then working to fill it, you’re helping to fight homelessness exactly where it is, rather than oversaturating one area of need and under-serving another.

Give generously.
Finally, the most basic—but often undervalued—way to help end homelessness is giving. Giving is more than just money and gently used goods. Giving can be giving up your time, talents and resources to serve those who are less privileged. When we give more to others, we unconsciously fill up our own hearts.

Big issues like homelessness can sometimes seem overwhelming and even unsolvable. But, if all of us take small steps like these, we can put an end to homelessness together. Try out some of these simple steps in your life and see how altruism impacts you.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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