54 Ways You Can Help The Homeless - Overview
I. Learn About the Homeless
- You've already taken your first step by reading this book. You've discovered that the homeless are more than the steriotypical drifter, drunk, or bum. A homeless person may be someone with a job, a runaway kid, a member of your family, or you yourself.
- You may already know the homeless in your community by sight. You may have spoken to them and know their names. Or you might never have noticed them at all. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need.
- Notice them; talk to them. Most are starved for attention. And contact you local religious centers, social service agencies, or town hall to find the programs in your community that aid the homeless. (Many national organizations are listed in the back of this book.)
- Don't be afraid to reach out--or to pass along what you have learned to others. You can start by sharing this book with a friend.