Now that summer is over,
how about retiring your
beach towels and rubber thongs?
Outreach Ministry will repurpose them
to help our Homeless Friends?
You may drop off your
gently used, good condition
towels and rubber thongs to the Cathedral Centre M-F or on Sundays.
Our Outreach Ministry provides emergency snack packs for those who call the streets their home. These are available during the week. Thanks to our donors and volunteers we are able to make these nutritional bags. Each bag contains a Bumble Bee Tuna or Chicken lunch kit, chewy granola bar, box of raisins, water bottle, juice box and snack size candy treat. The bag also includes a list of meal sites in the area where our friends can get a hot meal, shower, laundry services
and case management.
If you would like to join us to make snack packs, register as an Outreach Volunteer
If you have a youth group, school or ministry who would like to make snack packs for us please contact us and we will send you the directions and supply list.
I've seen the same man out on the streets for days, how can I help?
If you see someone out on the streets continually and believe that they need help, please feel free to contact one of the outreach teams listed below. These outreach teams are comprised of homeless service provider staff members and have specialized training on interacting with homeless individuals, particularly homeless individuals who may be suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities.
What is the best thing to do for a homeless individual on the street
You can keep water bottles, snacks, and/or hygiene items (travel-sized soaps, chapstick, lotion, etc.) in your car to hand out, along with a Help Card that can direct them to an agency that provides the services they need.
What triggers homelessness?
While circumstances vary, more than 50% say that their homelessness was triggered by an economic factor. 35% of people surveyed cited loss of job as the cause of their homelessness, and 15% of people reported that their bills were higher than their earnings. Another major factor is a lack of affordable housing in the United States contributes to the inability to acquire or maintain housing, particularly in urban areas where homelessness is more prevalent (Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness).
A variety of additional factors can contribute to the problem: chief among these are poverty, a decline in levels of public assistance, lack of affordable health care, mental illness, and addictive disorders.
Visit the Coalition for the Homeless website for more information
Click Here to view our Outreach Projects that assist the needs of our Homeless Friends