16. Give Welcome Kits
Finding housing isn't the end of the matter for homeless people: usually
they have no money or household items with which to furnish their new home. So
they lack even the simple necessities such as dishes, toilet paper, or towels.
To help them out, you can make "welcome kits" that include everyday basics
such as cups, a pot and pan, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, etc. Just think of the
minimal items you would need to get by in a new home. Some things you may find
around your own place; others you may get from friends. You could also approach
local businesses about making contributions as well as local thrift shops,
synagogues, or churches.
To distribute these "welcome kits," contact social services agencies or
religious centers in your community with programs that find housing for homeless