100 million people are homeless worldwide, 3.5 million in the United States. There is a very clear stigma surrounding homelessness: “The homeless are all lazy, insane, violent drug addicts.” Data does not support this stigma, yet this blanket thought prevents homeless people from receiving the adequate care they need and deserve, leaving millions trapped in the chronic cycle of homelessness.
In the year, our district helped to deconstruct this stigma and permeate our community with compassion and love, creating a safe space that all homeless people can call home. We accomplished this through three rays of hope:
BREAKING THE STIGMA through educating ourselves and our community. Attending info sessions to learn the facts about homelessness and what those facts mean for these people in our community, and speaking at Charity Dinners, Benefit shows, school events, service events, etc to start a ripple effect.
PREVENT HOMELESSNESS by providing homes and opportunities for low income families. With the organization Habitat for Humanity, as a district we aimed to construct two homes and volunteer at stores for low-income families called Restores.
AID THOSE IN NEED by volunteering at homeless shelters and soup kitchens, collecting and donating clothes, food, necessities, holding coin drives, distributing care packages,and more.