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.