St. Joseph Health/St. Mary Medical Group Gives Homeless Shelter Early-Christmas Makeover

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If anyone has a large family, you know that painting is something that must be done, sometimes more than once per year. High Desert Homeless Services has approximately 55 clients during most times of the year and our walls were past due for a fresh coat of paint. Normally, staff is so busy focusing on clients and their needs, it leaves no time for painting. This is why the offer of volunteers from St. Joseph Health/St. Mary Medical Group coming to paint was excitedly accepted.

 The inside of the main shelter area, the living room and eating area were really ready for a makeover. On Friday, December 8, 2017, the team from St. Joseph Health/St. Mary Medical Group arrived at the shelter at around 8:00 a.m. and within only around 2 hours had the large area complete.

The area, which is now completely painted, looks amazing and we can not wait to now complete our Christmas decorations. We would like to thank those from St. Joseph Health/St. Mary Medical Group who took time out of their day to donate their time and energy to provide a fresh coat of paint. Thank you, St. Joseph Health/St. Mary Medical Group!

Help the Homeless This Holiday Season

Do you ever walk or drive by a homeless person and wonder how you can help?  The answer is never simple, some give food, a blanket, a jacket, socks, or bags of personal care items. All of those things help temporarily and temporarily is a great thing for someone living from moment to moment trying to survive. To most, living in a permanent home seems like a far-fetched dream that only other people have the luxury of. It is not that they are unwilling to work, living on the streets and surviving is an ongoing challenge and a lot of work.

Now, we are not saying to stop the temporary help, we love that our homeless friends are being loved and cared for. We are asking for help to help these men, women, and children get into permanent housing. How do we do this, you ask?  We have not mastered it yet, but through many years of experience we are now able to provide our homeless clients with every opportunity to get back into stable employment and/or housing. With shelter for 30-90 days and 30-day extensions for those working hard to reach their goal, we are able to assist nearly all who are willing to take advantage of the program and all that it has to offer. 

We offer three meals a day, snacks, personal care items, and clothing. We also offer a resource room and a specialist to help our clients produce a dynamic resume and search for a job. Once our client gets an interview, we have a clothing closet with professional clothes and shoes so that they can go out looking their best to the interview at the future job. We also provide GED test help, nutrition, financial literacy classes, and other learning experiences for our adult clients. For our children, with the help of other organizations, we provide tutoring, story time, nutrition, and physical health training. We also have a beautiful new playground at the shelter for our children to enjoy. 

Many times our clients have opportunities to go on field trips like watching the recording of a major television show and/or going to the circus. We have around 55 clients at most times, and our costs are high. Grants and fundraisers alone do not provide enough for us to get by. We need our community to continue to help, for those who already do, and for those who do not we need your help too!  Even $5 a month can make a difference in the lives of the homeless men, women. and children we serve and can provide the staff with the security that we can forget about the bills and work only to help our clients get back on their feet. 

Of course, the help is needed year around, but High Desert Homeless Services is involved in Give Big San Bernardino County. We need your help on #GivingTuesday. Once you get turkey wasted on Thursday, go shop at the HDHS Discount & Thrift store for new and used items for Black Friday sales, then on Saturday shop again at HDHS Discount & Thrift Store for Small Business Saturday, for Cyber Monday shop on Amazon and select High Desert Homeless Services as your charity of choice of Amazon Smile, and most of all, we need your help on Giving Tuesday. 

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for us to not only bring in the donations you make, but have some of those donations matched or we can even win cash prizes for things like the most unique donors (counted by unique email addresses), or several other factors. We need your help to donate and share with everyone you know to make the biggest difference in the lives of homeless men, women, and children.

Local Business Owner & Youtube Viewers Provide Ongoing Support to Homeless Shelter

HESPERIA - Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales in the City of Hesperia has always been a major support to the clients at High Desert Homeless Services. From providing money for a van rental to get the clients to the circus, to purchasing shoes and socks for a client who got a new job, to handing out money to each client; to now; to reaching out to viewers to Ozzy BS Filter (Youtube Channel) for donations, he has always been a major source of support. On Monday, October 30, 2017, Executive Director Jimmy Waldron accepted a check in the amount of $880 all donated by Ozzy BS Filter viewers. In addition to the donation from his viewers, Azmi donated an additional $160 to pay for half of the costs of pizza for the clients for Halloween. The donations to High Desert Homeless Services do not go unnoticed and are necessary for us to continue to provide services to our clients. Although we receive grants, the funds are often very specific to how and what purposes that they can be used for. The needs to provide everything for approximately 55 men, women, and children seem endless, as are the costs associated with them. The support of local businesses is essential for us to continue to do the work that we do. Want to become a part of our team?  We are always seeking business and private sponsors. With some grants that we have depended on for past years no longer available, we need the support more than ever. Contact HighDesertHomeless@Yahoo.com  

HESPERIA - Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales in the City of Hesperia has always been a major support to the clients at High Desert Homeless Services.

From providing money for a van rental to get the clients to the circus, to purchasing shoes and socks for a client who got a new job, to handing out money to each client; to now; to reaching out to viewers to Ozzy BS Filter (Youtube Channel) for donations, he has always been a major source of support.

On Monday, October 30, 2017, Executive Director Jimmy Waldron accepted a check in the amount of $880 all donated by Ozzy BS Filter viewers. In addition to the donation from his viewers, Azmi donated an additional $160 to pay for half of the costs of pizza for the clients for Halloween.

The donations to High Desert Homeless Services do not go unnoticed and are necessary for us to continue to provide services to our clients. Although we receive grants, the funds are often very specific to how and what purposes that they can be used for. The needs to provide everything for approximately 55 men, women, and children seem endless, as are the costs associated with them. The support of local businesses is essential for us to continue to do the work that we do.

Want to become a part of our team?  We are always seeking business and private sponsors. With some grants that we have depended on for past years no longer available, we need the support more than ever. Contact HighDesertHomeless@Yahoo.com

 

The Casino Comes to Victorville With Special Halloween Theme Casino Night

VICTORVILLE, Ca. - High Desert Homeless Services is hosting a fundraising event that no one should to miss out on. Why drive to Las Vegas for a night of Casino fun when you can enjoy the same fun in Victorville?  Casino Night will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hawthorne Suites located at 11750 Dunia Road in the City of Victorville. Costumes are optional, but wear a costume if you would like to be part of an exciting costume contest! Attendees will have the chance to enjoy casino games, great food, drinks, and plenty of raffles, all benefitting High Desert Homeless Services. Choose your favorite game and play to win!  There will be three Blackjack tables, Texas Hold’em Poker, 3 Card Poker, Roulette, and Craps. Casino fun, food, drinks, and a chance to win prizes are all included in the low $25 per person price, which would not even cover the cost of gas to Stateline or Las Vegas. Bring your family and friends along with you for a night of fun you won’t soon forget. Buy your tickets today at High Desert Homeless Services, 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville. You can also purchase tickets on the High Desert Homeless Services Inc. Facebook page from the tab, “Casino Night Tickets” or on our website at www.HighDesertHomelessServices.org, “events”.

VICTORVILLE, Ca. - High Desert Homeless Services is hosting a fundraising event that no one should to miss out on. Why drive to Las Vegas for a night of Casino fun when you can enjoy the same fun in Victorville?  Casino Night will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Hawthorne Suites located at 11750 Dunia Road in the City of Victorville. Costumes are optional, but wear a costume if you would like to be part of an exciting costume contest! Attendees will have the chance to enjoy casino games, great food, drinks, and plenty of raffles, all benefitting High Desert Homeless Services.

Choose your favorite game and play to win!  There will be three Blackjack tables, Texas Hold’em Poker, 3 Card Poker, Roulette, and Craps. Casino fun, food, drinks, and a chance to win prizes are all included in the low $25 per person price, which would not even cover the cost of gas to Stateline or Las Vegas. Bring your family and friends along with you for a night of fun you won’t soon forget. Buy your tickets today at High Desert Homeless Services, 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville. You can also purchase tickets on the High Desert Homeless Services Inc. Facebook page from the tab, “Casino Night Tickets” or on our website at www.HighDesertHomelessServices.org, “events”.

Want to Help Bring Memories to the Clients at High Desert Homeless Service Services?

(file photo: army.mil) Halloween is considered unimportant to some, but to children it is a time to just be kids, to dress up as someone or something else, forget any worries and eat some sweet treats with their friends. For parents from all walks of life, it is a chance to see smiles on the faces of their children, to spend time with the family, and also to forget about a bad day at work, lurking bills, or one of many other things. For those who are clients at High Desert Homeless Shelter (HDHS), this could not be any more needed. Most clients come to the shelter when they have nowhere else to go, after losing just about everything, and when feeling defeated.  The HDHS staff works hard to sustain and to constantly improve our operations to assist our clients in the best way possible. Financially, this can be a daunting task, with not much financial space available for any extras. Our community is an amazing support with businesses and people stepping up with financial donations as fundraising sponsors, members of our community supporting our fundraisers, through donations of raffle prizes, donations of items in amazing condition to use for clients or sell to help pay for shelter needs, by shopping at our store, and some even being so kind to contribute financially every single month of the year. The costs are high due to the fact that HDHS does not feed just weekly, monthly, daily or seasonally; we provide food for our approximately 55 clients to eat three times a day (plus snacks), 365 days a year. Clothing, soaps, lotions, deodorant, feminine products, shavers, and even makeup are provided to our clients every single day that they stay with us. Even more important is the resources provided, all clients are offered training, job search, and everything else affording them the opportunity to find stable employment and housing. We have a 24-hour shelter, meaning we pay utilities and other costs associated with doing so because it is needed and because our clients are worth it. So if it seems that we ask a lot of our community, we ask because we feel that you are part of our team. This mission takes an entire community to work to its optimal function. We are again looking for help, this one is not a need, but as close to a non-need can get to a need. Our clients deserve something fun for a few short hours. We are planning a small party for our clients on Friday, October 27, 2017, this would be for all 55 clients, both children and adults. The time to pull this off is low, and excess funds to do so just are not there. So we would like to reach out to the community to help. We need the following as soon as possible:   *Candy donations *face painters *store bought Halloween food/snack items *game ideas and materials needed for them if any. *55+ candy apples (maybe a few per person willing to donate) *paper lunch bags *Halloween DVD's that are appropriate for all ages *costumes- all sizes (kids and adults) *volunteers (must sign up at shelter office at least a day before the party) *prizes for all ages toddler to adult man or woman *Halloween decorations   Donations can be taken to the shelter office located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville between 8am-4pm any day of the week. PLEASE, it is very important that you tell them that the donation is for the Halloween party.

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Halloween is considered unimportant to some, but to children it is a time to just be kids, to dress up as someone or something else, forget any worries and eat some sweet treats with their friends.

For parents from all walks of life, it is a chance to see smiles on the faces of their children, to spend time with the family, and also to forget about a bad day at work, lurking bills, or one of many other things. For those who are clients at High Desert Homeless Shelter (HDHS), this could not be any more needed. Most clients come to the shelter when they have nowhere else to go, after losing just about everything, and when feeling defeated.

 The HDHS staff works hard to sustain and to constantly improve our operations to assist our clients in the best way possible. Financially, this can be a daunting task, with not much financial space available for any extras. Our community is an amazing support with businesses and people stepping up with financial donations as fundraising sponsors, members of our community supporting our fundraisers, through donations of raffle prizes, donations of items in amazing condition to use for clients or sell to help pay for shelter needs, by shopping at our store, and some even being so kind to contribute financially every single month of the year.

The costs are high due to the fact that HDHS does not feed just weekly, monthly, daily or seasonally; we provide food for our approximately 55 clients to eat three times a day (plus snacks), 365 days a year. Clothing, soaps, lotions, deodorant, feminine products, shavers, and even makeup are provided to our clients every single day that they stay with us. Even more important is the resources provided, all clients are offered training, job search, and everything else affording them the opportunity to find stable employment and housing. We have a 24-hour shelter, meaning we pay utilities and other costs associated with doing so because it is needed and because our clients are worth it.

So if it seems that we ask a lot of our community, we ask because we feel that you are part of our team. This mission takes an entire community to work to its optimal function. We are again looking for help, this one is not a need, but as close to a non-need can get to a need. Our clients deserve something fun for a few short hours. We are planning a small party for our clients on Friday, October 27, 2017, this would be for all 55 clients, both children and adults. The time to pull this off is low, and excess funds to do so just are not there. So we would like to reach out to the community to help.

We need the following as soon as possible:

 

*Candy donations

*face painters

*store bought Halloween food/snack items

*game ideas and materials needed for them if any.

*55+ candy apples (maybe a few per person willing to donate)

*paper lunch bags

*Halloween DVD's that are appropriate for all ages

*costumes- all sizes (kids and adults)

*volunteers (must sign up at shelter office at least a day before the party)

*prizes for all ages toddler to adult man or woman

*Halloween decorations

 

Donations can be taken to the shelter office located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville between 8am-4pm any day of the week. PLEASE, it is very important that you tell them that the donation is for the Halloween party.

Southwest Gas Makes Surprise Donation to High Desert Homeless Services

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It takes a village to tackle homelessness, this holds true even for those ready to make the change from homelessness to with home.

Homeless shelters do receive grants; many of the grants restricted to cover certain things and others which are also graciously received, but only cover a small portion of the high costs of keeping a shelter running and functioning in the best way possible. High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS)  appreciates all grants and private/business donations that help the shelter function to serve approximately 55 people of all ages, at just about all times throughout the year. The goal is to eventually not only to maintain, but to grow, not only as far as services are concerned, but growth in order to assist more homeless men, women, and children who are in need of the temporary assistance.

HDHS has many local businesses who show their support throughout the year with donations, both cash and other. We also have numerous fundraisers and our quaint downtown Victorville thrift store, which help us provide the funds we need to function or provide additional services to better the lives of those we serve. Those who support these endeavors are in turn supporting homeless men, women, and children as they work hard to get back on their feet.

Just Friday, Southwest Gas donated $1000. This surprise donation was orchestrated with the help of Jason Hall, who also serves as the Homeless Shelter computer technician. All donations are appreciated very much and are needed. We thank Southwest Gas for their contribution to HDHS and to our amazing community.  We also would like to thank Jason Hall, our amazing supporter and computer technician. 

Smiles Courtesy of Azmi and "Ozzy the BS Filter" YouTube Channel Followers

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VICTORVILLE - Grateful smiles could be seen all around the High Desert Homeless Shelter on Tuesday evening.

Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales and the host the YouTube channel, Ozzy The BS filter requested a meeting with Jimmy Waldron the executive director of High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS). Only a couple of weeks ago he met with the HDHS board president and gifted the shelter $360, $180 from an auction he hosted on his Youtube channel, matched with an additional $180 from Alsanam. The generous donation was appreciated very much by the shelter which has very high costs associated with the everyday costs to house, supply, and otherwise provide for  approximately 55 clients. “Financially speaking, it is never easy making ends meet,” said HDHS Board Treasurer Gary Martin. “Due to the restrictions placed on grants and grants that will soon, not be available we can use all the help we can get. We appreciate the relief donations from our community and local businesses provide to the shelter.”

On Tuesday afternoon Waldron went to the Simple Auto Sales location at, 17085 Bear Valley road in the City of Hesperia for the meeting with Alsanam. When arriving he was aware that he would be on the YouTube Channel live to accept a check collected of funds collected by Ozzy the BS Filter channel followers and matched by Alsanam but was surprised to find out the check was in the amount of $1000. While there, Alsanam, who has provided ongoing donations and as-needed assistance to the shelter and the shelter’s clients asked that a portion of the check went to purchasing pizza for all of the clients. As requested, Waldron ordered enough pizza for all of the clients at the homeless shelter at Oggi’s Pizza.  The shelter cook was also grateful to have an easier day, only having to make a giant salad and serve the clients, thanks to Alsanam and those who donated.


Excited clients lined up to get their pizza, some coming back for seconds and thirds. All asked that Alsanam was thanked on their behalf. Alsanam said that he will be accepting donations on behalf of High Desert Homeless Services and will continue to match the donations. He agreed to pay every time the donation reached $500, or $1000  combined with his matched contribution.

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Don't Miss Bunco Fun Benefiting High Desert Homeless Services

VICTORVILLE - It’s that time again!  Bunco fun for all is coming to the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 16138 Molino Drive in the City of Victorville. The event will take place this Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.   High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) is hosting a fun fundraising event which includes Bunco, food, drinks, and your chance to win one or more great prizes all for only $20 per person. Don’t know how to play Bunco?  They will show you how, it is a very simple game and approximately 1 in 5 players come not knowing how to play and quickly learn while playing. Payment of cash and/or credit/debit card will be accepted at the door.   Payment will be accepted in advance on the Thursday or Friday prior to the event at High Desert Homeless Services Shelter located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville. Payment will also be accepted at High Desert Homeless Services Discount and Thrift Store located at 15626 6th Street in the City of Victorville Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, September 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This and all HDHS fundraisers help to support homeless men, women, and children in the community as they work hard to get back into permanent housing. High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) is a 55-bed homeless shelter serving clients of all ages. Clients stay at the shelter anywhere from 30-120 days, while shelter, food, personal care items, and clothing are provided to them so that they can fully focus on finding permanent housing. HDHS not only provides for the tangible needs of the clients, but also provides assistance with GED preparation, job search, resume building, computer literacy, and numerous workshops in order to assist clients in sustaining and maintaining permanent housing. For more information on pre-ordering tickets, the event itself, and or sponsorship opportunities call James Wilson at (760) 596-9872.

VICTORVILLE - It’s that time again!  Bunco fun for all is coming to the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 16138 Molino Drive in the City of Victorville. The event will take place this Saturday, September 9, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) is hosting a fun fundraising event which includes Bunco, food, drinks, and your chance to win one or more great prizes all for only $20 per person. Don’t know how to play Bunco?  They will show you how, it is a very simple game and approximately 1 in 5 players come not knowing how to play and quickly learn while playing. Payment of cash and/or credit/debit card will be accepted at the door.  

Payment will be accepted in advance on the Thursday or Friday prior to the event at High Desert Homeless Services Shelter located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville. Payment will also be accepted at High Desert Homeless Services Discount and Thrift Store located at 15626 6th Street in the City of Victorville Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, September 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This and all HDHS fundraisers help to support homeless men, women, and children in the community as they work hard to get back into permanent housing. High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) is a 55-bed homeless shelter serving clients of all ages. Clients stay at the shelter anywhere from 30-120 days, while shelter, food, personal care items, and clothing are provided to them so that they can fully focus on finding permanent housing. HDHS not only provides for the tangible needs of the clients, but also provides assistance with GED preparation, job search, resume building, computer literacy, and numerous workshops in order to assist clients in sustaining and maintaining permanent housing.

For more information on pre-ordering tickets, the event itself, and or sponsorship opportunities call James Wilson at (760) 596-9872.

Gorilla Marketing Provides Large Supply Donation to Homeless Shelter

RIVERSIDE - One organization can not do it alone, that is why High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) depends on partnerships with other businesses, organizations, and even individuals to help. Our organization, of course, has an amazing staff,  but also part of our team are our volunteers, and donors.  It takes the assistance we get from businesses, churches, and individuals to help provide for the hundreds of homeless men, women, and children we serve each year. The clients at High Desert Homeless Services are not just provided with “bandaid” type solutions, but with the skills and support needed for permanent stability. In July, HDHS had the pleasure of meeting Chris Arranaga, the President of Gorilla Marketing in the City of Riverside. Without asking Arranaga for anything or even expressing our many needs, he extended a hand by offering High Desert Homeless Services a large trailer load of supplies, some which will help our clients go back to school or give them some of the things needed to seek employment. The items were picked up in late July, just in time for back-to-school preparations. Thank you Gorilla Marketing!  Gorilla Marketing provides creative promotional products to a variety of businesses based on their marketing needs. They are located at 4100 Flat Rock Drive in the City Riverside.

RIVERSIDE - One organization can not do it alone, that is why High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) depends on partnerships with other businesses, organizations, and even individuals to help.

Our organization, of course, has an amazing staff,  but also part of our team are our volunteers, and donors.  It takes the assistance we get from businesses, churches, and individuals to help provide for the hundreds of homeless men, women, and children we serve each year. The clients at High Desert Homeless Services are not just provided with “bandaid” type solutions, but with the skills and support needed for permanent stability.


In July, HDHS had the pleasure of meeting Chris Arranaga, the President of Gorilla Marketing in the City of Riverside. Without asking Arranaga for anything or even expressing our many needs, he extended a hand by offering High Desert Homeless Services a large trailer load of supplies, some which will help our clients go back to school or give them some of the things needed to seek employment.

The items were picked up in late July, just in time for back-to-school preparations. Thank you Gorilla Marketing!  Gorilla Marketing provides creative promotional products to a variety of businesses based on their marketing needs. They are located at 4100 Flat Rock Drive in the City Riverside.

Why Are There Still So Many Unsheltered Homeless?

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All too often those in any nonprofit sector are questioned and that is understood because at some point, we also may have asked the same questions. One of the major questions asked of those serving the homeless population is, if you are helping the homeless why are there so many homeless people still on the street? There is a valid answer to this, actually several and blame should not really fall anywhere; it is simply reality.

Mental health issues are prevalent in the San Bernardino County, and probably even more so in the High Desert. There is no particular reason why, but some these people possibly migrated here since there is more space to set up camp. Mental health can be very minor, with a lot of “regular” working people with families falling into that category. These people often function well in society and run into few difficulties and when they do, most seek professional help. There are others who fall into the moderate to the major mental health condition category. Some of these people are aware of their mental condition but once their medication begins to work they stop taking it because they feel that they are “better”. These people fail to realize not all medication makes you better, mental health medication simply balances and maintains. Others simply can not think clearly enough to know that a mental health condition exists.

When someone is mentally ill and they do not know a problem exists they can act in several different ways. Some of these people are suspicious and show signs of paranoia, others appear angry or aggressive, some forget or never knew they are worth a ‘normal’ life, some are happy being ‘free’, while others may act impulsively. A large group of these people become desperate to feel stable and self medicate using illegal drugs or alcohol. There is help for all of these groups, but not all want the help [yet] , some fear the help, and some are not ready to attempt to stop using drugs or alcohol. There are also a few ready to accept the help but navigating through the system without a lot of support proves to be just too much for him/her. To assist any homeless person, they must be a willing participant ready and able to take the first steps. The law prevents anyone from pulling a mentally ill person off the street for forced help besides for a 5150 hold (72-hour hold), which must be done by family, a boarding facility, law enforcement, or a mental health professional. A 5150 hold is designed to be used only when a person appears to be a danger to him/herself or others and the person is only held until he/she is stabilized. Once stabilized this person is sent back out and usually without support they discontinue the mood-stabilizing medications.

 

A portion of the unsheltered homeless have a substance use disorder. This is not necessarily something we need to blame on anything in particular. To attempt to solve any issue, blame should be put aside. This is not to say understanding or becoming knowledgeable about why these things happen is not productive. We already talked about impulsivity, this can be a result of multiple mental disorders. This can simply mean when someone else would possibly say “no” when offered alcohol or a drug, this person may say, “yes!  Why not?”  This is not a “bad” person, this person simply has a different thought process than some of us. Another path to addiction could be someone who suffers from major depression or another mental disorder leaving the person more often than not, feeling helpless, sad, alone or simply unstable. This person may or have may not have sought mental health care or medication, but most medications take weeks to work and some may require a change in dose or a change in type. Without constant support, a large portion of these people will feel it is too difficult and give up. The remaining feelings of helplessness or isolation can lead to the desperate measure of trying a substance to feel better for at least a short time. Drug users and alcoholics contrary to the belief of some, are not “bad” or “weak” people.

 

Of the homeless people you see on the street, a large portion are 290 registrants, meaning they committed a sexual crime (rape, child molestation, etc.). These people are difficult to place even after they served their time. Be honest, would you be thrilled to have one of these people move in next door to your family? Most would not, and the truth is a portion do reoffend. The rate is not as high as one would think, a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health concluded that the rate of recidivism is 10%-15% after five years, 20% after 10 years, and 30%-40% after 20 years. Most homeless shelters, due to the risk to other clients do not accept any sex offenders. There are organizations who will shelter and provide services to this group.

 

There is a small group who does not seek assistance and sometimes hides from the public because they are afraid to lose their child/children. These families sometimes live out of a vehicle or on the street in temperatures that in the High Desert can be extreme, 100-plus degrees in the summer and as low as 30-degrees in the winter. Homelessness alone is not a reason for a child to be removed from the custody of his/her/their parents. If the parents seek shelter for their child in a safe environment, like a homeless shelter Children and Family Services (CFS) will not intervene unless there are other major concerns (abuse, neglect, and/or parental substance abuse). Few do in fact, qfear losing their children only because of homelessness, but there are some. The majority of those living on the streets with their children do unfortunately fall into one of the other categories and are often already hiding from CFS.

One of the saddest categories, and again, this is a small percentage is those who are homeless with pets. Most homeless shelters, because of size and funding do not have the capability to house pets. High Desert Homeless Services works closely with local rescues in order to provide off-site fostering for the pet of the homeless person. The reason why the homeless person often does not accept the help in this case, is because they feel that the pet is all that they have. They grew to love their pet like a child, their best friend and in many cases their only support while on the cold, harsh, and sometimes dangerous streets.

 

Homelessness is never a cut and dry subject and there is never the same story for each homeless person. When you talk to a homeless person on the street you probably, just like speaking with anyone else you do not know will not get the exact truth but rather their interpretation. Also, some being in a desperate situation and seeking money, food, etc. may purposely mislead the person listening. If offered resources, some will willingly accept them and thank you, while others will say something like “they all turned me down” or “they are full” when it may not be the case. The best advice is to leave them with a resource list, a simple meal/snack, water, weather appropriate clothing, socks, and other basic needs. Some are not ready quite yet, but with gentle reminders that there are people who would like to help they may one day be prepared to accept that help.
 





 

High Desert Homeless Services Offers a Shower Program for Those in Need

For whatever reason you or your children may need a shower, High Desert Homeless Services opens up to the public three days a week to provide that.

We do not care the reason, we are here to help and will provide everything you need to help you get cleaned up. Do you have an interview the next day and need proper attire?  Let us know and we will do our best to provide you with interview clothing.

Shower Hours for the Public are:
Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. 

 

Did you Know that High Desert Homeless Services Has a Community Clothing Closet?

High Desert Homeless Services does not only serve the homeless, when we are able, we also serve those in our community. Each week we open our clothing closet to anyone in our community who is in need of clothing or shoes. The clothing closet hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come get the clothing that you are in need of, we would love to have you.

HDHS Thrift Store Now Open Monday Through Saturday

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The High Desert Homeless Thrift Store is now open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We also have launched a new Facebook fan page, so please "like" the page to see what is in store for you. The thrift store is located at 15626 6th Street in the City of Victorville. The store hours are
Monday through Thursday from 9am-1:45 pm, Friday 9am-12:45 pm, and Saturday from 10am-2pm. Please also watch our youtube video to see just some of the great items we have available.
 

Mojave Desert Animal Rescue Donates Water to Help the Homeless

Last week the Founder and Director of Mojave Desert Animal Rescue (MDAR) Annie Lancaster reached out to High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) to ask if we could use bottled water. With water being one of the things that we can always use, we of course, said yes. On Monday, June 12, 2017, two volunteers with HDHS met with Annie to pick up the water. Annie mentioned to bring a truck, but we were pleasantly surprised when the donation filled up the bed of the truck. Thank you Annie Lancaster and MDAR for your generous support. 

Local Real Estate Professional Offers Continuous Support to HDHS

Mary Jo Kirsch, a Victorville real estate professional working with Capstone Realty has been supporting High Desert Homeless Services for several months. She donated brand news shoes, fundraiser prizes, Christmas gifts for clients, Easter Baskets, as well as other items.

Recently, when Kirsch saw of our thrift store now opening on Saturdays, she offered to donate adorable lamps and other items to assist us in raising the funds needed to operate the shelter. Thank you Mary Jo Kirsch and all others who support High Desert Homeless Services for all of your support.  

High Desert Homeless Services and Simple Auto Sales Car Raffle

VICTORVILLE - Do you need a newer vehicle?  How would you like to help a charity who assists the homeless, while giving yourself a chance to win a 2013 Kia Rio?  The white 2013 Kia Rio will include a 2-year warranty . Simple Auto Sales has teamed up with High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) for their first annual Car Giveaway.  Those who purchase just one $5 raffle ticket, will have a 1 in 3000 chance to win!  That is right, only 3000 tickets will be sold and all of the profits will go to help High Desert Homeless Services provide for their own client’s transportation needs. Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales, who has been an ongoing support to High Desert Homeless Services worked with the Fundraising Coordinator James Wilson, Executive Director Jimmy Waldron, and the HDHS Board of Directors to come up with a plan that would be most inclusive to all in need of a vehicle.  The price of the raffle tickets was discussed, beginning with a larger price and less tickets, but everyone involved in the decision wanted to make sure that everyone can have a chance to win. “I want to keep the price of the raffle tickets low so that everyone can have a chance to win,” explained Alsanam. Raffle tickets are available at High Desert Homeless Services, located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville, at Simple Auto Sales 17085 Bear Valley Road in the City of Hesperia, at all upcoming HDHS Events and on the High Desert Homeless Services website with a small shipping and handling fee. The raffle will be planned once the 3000 tickets are sold, so make sure to tell all of your friends. The projected raffle date is expected to be right on time to start the new year and it will will include a fun community get together where the winner will be announced live. HDHS employees and/or board members are not eligible to win. Simple Auto Sales and Simple Auto Insurance employees also are not eligible to win. Immediate family of those ineligible to win are also not eligible to win.  

VICTORVILLE - Do you need a newer vehicle?  How would you like to help a charity who assists the homeless, while giving yourself a chance to win a 2013 Kia Rio?  The white 2013 Kia Rio will include a 2-year warranty .


Simple Auto Sales has teamed up with High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS) for their first annual Car Giveaway.  Those who purchase just one $5 raffle ticket, will have a 1 in 3000 chance to win!  That is right, only 3000 tickets will be sold and all of the profits will go to help High Desert Homeless Services provide for their own client’s transportation needs. Azmi Alsanam, the owner of Simple Auto Sales, who has been an ongoing support to High Desert Homeless Services worked with the Fundraising Coordinator James Wilson, Executive Director Jimmy Waldron, and the HDHS Board of Directors to come up with a plan that would be most inclusive to all in need of a vehicle.  The price of the raffle tickets was discussed, beginning with a larger price and less tickets, but everyone involved in the decision wanted to make sure that everyone can have a chance to win. “I want to keep the price of the raffle tickets low so that everyone can have a chance to win,” explained Alsanam.

Raffle tickets are available at High Desert Homeless Services, located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville, at Simple Auto Sales 17085 Bear Valley Road in the City of Hesperia, at all upcoming HDHS Events and on the High Desert Homeless Services website with a small shipping and handling fee. The raffle will be planned once the 3000 tickets are sold, so make sure to tell all of your friends. The projected raffle date is expected to be right on time to start the new year and it will will include a fun community get together where the winner will be announced live.


HDHS employees and/or board members are not eligible to win. Simple Auto Sales and Simple Auto Insurance employees also are not eligible to win. Immediate family of those ineligible to win are also not eligible to win.

 

Saturday's Bunco Event and Upcoming Bunco Events

Dice rolling, people laughing, and then an excited yell, Bunco!  On Saturday, May 13, 2017, High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS), the local Homeless Shelter had a Bunco Tournament. With the gracious support of sponsors, including Trinity Lutheran Church, who generously offered their facility for our use, the fundraising event went amazingly. The event included a Oggi's pizza meal, with delicious pastries, and drinks for all. All was included in the small $20 donation. Those who wanted additional chances to win great prizes purchased raffle tickets for their chance to win camping gear, household items, donated prizes, gift baskets, and even a pair of Disneyland tickets. The room was filled with happy faces, excitedly rolling the dice to see if they might be a winner. Prizes were provided by MMEC, HDHS Board Secretary Karen Maxwell, Oggi’s Pizza, Nanas Pearls, A Touch for Your Health Massage, Home Depot, Walmart, and Disneyland. Volunteers included the Serrano High School Socially Aware Club, who did an amazing job helping to set up, directing attendees to parking, and serving food and drinks to those playing. The winner of the most Buncos went home with $200 in cash and even the person with the most losses got a prize. If you missed this Bunco event, there are more coming soon. Upcoming events are on June 10th and July 8th. Anyone who would like to reserve their seat or if you have any other questions you can call (760)245-5991. High Desert Homeless Services still needs business cash and prize sponsors for the future events. If you would be willing to make a difference by becoming a sponsor, please call or email (760)245-5991 or highdeserthomeless@yahoo.com.

Dice rolling, people laughing, and then an excited yell, Bunco!  On Saturday, May 13, 2017, High Desert Homeless Services (HDHS), the local Homeless Shelter had a Bunco Tournament. With the gracious support of sponsors, including Trinity Lutheran Church, who generously offered their facility for our use, the fundraising event went amazingly. The event included a Oggi's pizza meal, with delicious pastries, and drinks for all. All was included in the small $20 donation.

Those who wanted additional chances to win great prizes purchased raffle tickets for their chance to win camping gear, household items, donated prizes, gift baskets, and even a pair of Disneyland tickets. The room was filled with happy faces, excitedly rolling the dice to see if they might be a winner. Prizes were provided by MMEC, HDHS Board Secretary Karen Maxwell, Oggi’s Pizza, Nanas Pearls, A Touch for Your Health Massage, Home Depot, Walmart, and Disneyland. Volunteers included the Serrano High School Socially Aware Club, who did an amazing job helping to set up, directing attendees to parking, and serving food and drinks to those playing.

The winner of the most Buncos went home with $200 in cash and even the person with the most losses got a prize. If you missed this Bunco event, there are more coming soon. Upcoming events are on June 10th and July 8th.

Anyone who would like to reserve their seat or if you have any other questions you can call (760)245-5991. High Desert Homeless Services still needs business cash and prize sponsors for the future events. If you would be willing to make a difference by becoming a sponsor, please call or email (760)245-5991 or highdeserthomeless@yahoo.com.