While the number of homeless in the United States has declined for the third consecutive year, a federal survey highlighted a troubling reality in Santa Clara County.
The region’s homeless problem remains among the worst in the nation. In Santa Clara county, the cost of living is nearly 50% higher than the national average. With such high housing costs, many people earning minimum wage live on the brink of homelessness.
In a detailed report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, San Jose/Santa Clara County posted the nation’s fifth-highest homeless population. It also ranked among the places with the most chronically homeless and homeless children and young adults.
In January of 2015, Santa Clara County conducted a count and found 6,556 people homeless in our County. 71% of those were unsheltered, living on streets, in parks, encampments or other places not meant for human habitation.
These facts and the falling temperatures are just some of the many reasons we chose January’s Mission to be focused on “Clothing the homeless”. Take a look at what we will be doing this month and join along, however, you can…
With more than 40 years of service and experience in successfully serving homeless families and individuals, LifeMoves is the largest and most effective nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for families and individuals in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Their successful and multi-faceted therapeutic service model combines clean, modern housing with intensive supportive services that promote dignity and respectfully motivate our clients to achieve autonomy.
LifeMoves programs combat homelessness today – and tomorrow – by teaching comprehensive life skills that help their clients achieve long-term self-sufficiency, and effectively break the cycle of homelessness.
Their innovative and effective program model helps clients understand the root cause of their homelessness. The Lifemoves program requires accountability from our clients and helps them to refocus on developing core competencies they need to succeed for the long-term.
Similarly, their in-depth children’s programming provides academic support to bridge achievement gaps. They support their physical and mental health by addressing the extensive traumatic issues caused by homelessness. Their focus is on maximizing opportunities for homeless youth to help them mature into self-sufficient adults and to end intergenerational poverty which leads to homelessness.
Through these carefully designed programs – and with the support of 225 employees and over 15,000 dedicated volunteers – LifeMoves is able to serve 9,636 homeless clients throughout the Bay and to provide 244,801 nights of shelter annually.
The impact of LifeMoves programs and services is tremendous: typically, more than 92% of families and 78% of individuals completing LifeMoves transitional programs successfully returned to stable housing and self-sufficiency.
MONTHLY MISSION OUTLINE
- Collect clothing and Warm items for ALL ages. // New or gently used items, please. Most needed items:
- Men’s, Women’s, Teens and Children’s clothing
- New underwear, socks & pajamas
- Sweaters and Coats
- Comfortable shoes and wool socks
- Gloves, scarves, beanies, umbrellas and ponchos
- Tote bags, duffel bags, and purses
**All items will be sorted, inspected and distributed to LifeMoves
- Drop off all your collected items. // You can drop off your donation items at The Finding Kindness Project drop-off location: 14685 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032 OR email us for pick-up. We are happy to come get your donation items for you and drop them off as well. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUILDING A KINDNESS COOPERATIVE
Examples of how Rachel & Sue will be putting this Monthly Mission into action:
- Having a household closet cleaning party
- Post your collection in neighborhood sites like Facebook or NextDoor
- Taking a wagon around our neighborhoods with our kids after school collecting from neighbors.
- Reaching out to our immediate social circles; i.e. Girl Scout Troop, Gymnastics Gym, School Board, Hockey Team and Book Club
- Take a peek at our socials throughout the month to see what else we are doing to participate in raising a Kind generation. Use our hashtag, #kindcooperative, to follow along AND tag us so we can see how you are making the world a little more kind.
***We will be closing out our January mission with our clothes sorting party on Sunday, January 22nd from 10-1 pm. Click HERE to find out more info!
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation instead you can do so HERE. Want to know where your money is going? Here is some information about the LifeMoves for your review:
2014-2015 Annual report: HERE
Companies that sponsor LifeMoves: Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Genentech, Kaiser, Microsoft, Visa and much more! For a list of Corporate Sponsors click HERE.
Thank you and see you next month for our next Monthly Mission:
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