Help Homeless People for Free

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It doesn't have to cost you money to help people in need

It can be difficult to give to charity when you aren't making much yourself. Many people simply can't afford to share their earnings without jeopardizing their own living situation. Others are understandably reluctant to harm their own standard of living to help others.

It isn't necessary to donate money to help people less fortunate. Instead, you can donate time, connections, knowledge, and skills to homeless people. While these things cost time, labor, and thought they don't take away from your paycheck. In fact, they look great on your resume and are a great way to fill in gaps in your employment record.

So take a trip with me down this page and find out how you can help homeless people without touching your hard earned cash. Share yourself and make a big difference in the lives of people living without homes.

© 2009 Kylyssa

photo by Patrick Moore, SXC
photo by Patrick Moore, SXC

Donate Labor at Homeless Charities

Shelters, soup kitchens, and food pantries always need more help.

Your local homeless shelters and soup kitchens need volunteers, even for just a few hours at a time. Most of the things that need to be done are simple so any able-bodied person can do them with minimal instruction. Service providers need people not only to deal directly with homeless people but to prepare food, mop, sweep, and do dishes and other such tasks as well.

Food pantries also often need help doing such things as handing out the food but also in organizing donations of food, picking up food from donors, and helping to warehouse donated food in storage areas.

Books on How to Help

54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless
54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless

Choose just one of these ideas and you'll be making the world a better place.

 
photo by Jan Stastny, SXC
photo by Jan Stastny, SXC

Help Fill Out Job Applications and Resumes

Many homeless people have valuable job skills but have a hard time presenting themselves to employers. While part of this is physical presentation such as cleanliness, grooming and tidy clothing much of it is communication. If you are literate you can help them fill out job applications and create resumes.

Even completely literate and educated people living on the street can often use help with their resumes and job applications. Homelessness is very demoralizing and can cause people to undervalue themselves and this reflects in how they fill out such forms and documents.

An outside eye can help them to catch these mistakes and help them to present their best face to prospective employers.

What You Can Do to Help the Homeless
What You Can Do to Help the Homeless

Intelligent and realistic discussion on how to help people without housing.

 
photo by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC
photo by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC

Donate Childcare

It's almost impossible to be a parent and work or even seek work without childcare. Check with local charities that serve homeless people to see if they need assistance providing childcare for their clients. If not, they can probably help you to find out whom to contact.

image by Emil Bacik, SXC
image by Emil Bacik, SXC

Match Up People With Services They Need

With a home base which includes a phone and an Internet connection, it's pretty easy to locate helpful resources in your area. People without homes generally don't have easy or reliable access to either of these things or if they do they don't necessarily have a quiet place to access them so they can make the best of them.

You can research the charities and government services available for poor and homeless people in your area and compile them into a list to share. Be sure to include addresses and phone numbers plus contact names and email addresses whenever possible. You can then print this information out to give to people seeking help.

photo by Sanja Gjenero, SXC
photo by Sanja Gjenero, SXC

Teach People How to Read and Write

...or how to read and write better

Share your knowledge by teaching homeless people to read and write better. It's difficult to gain employment and take advantage of opportunities for betterment when a person can't read and write or can't read and write well.

Local charities that serve the needy should be able to advise you on where you can donate your teaching services.

photo by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC
photo by Michal Zacharzewski, SXC

Match Up Donors, Mentors, and Patrons With Charities and People In Need

If you know someone with the ability to donate time, money, goods or services put them in contact with needy people or charities that serve the homeless that could use what they have to offer.

For example: Homeless people have little access to professional grooming services which makes looking presentable for job interviews or simply retaining employment difficult. So a few years back (when I could afford to get my hair cut) I gave a list of charities that provide services for homeless people to my hair stylist and suggested to her that it would be greatly appreciated if she could donate some haircuts to people looking for work. She is a totally wonderful person so she found a good match and donates haircuts regularly.

People who practice a trade that could be taught, provide skilled services, are able to teach reading and writing, and business owners who may discard still useful merchandise or foodstuffs can all help the homeless.

Teach Life Skills and Trades

Contact local adult education services and homelessness outreach programs and volunteer to teach your job skills, job trades and life skills. Even a short training period learning about a skill or trade can give a job seeker a better chance than being completely unskilled in the job market.

Some Notes on Sharing Your Knowledge and Education

If no program for knowledge sharing activities exists in your community or if existing programs are too inflexible for your work schedule or other, personal limitations you can independently advertise your services. Simply print up a flier or card offering free resume services, application assistance, etc. and get permission to place them in soup kitchens, shelters, or other service providers for poor and homeless people. I would suggest mentioning to the staff that you'd be pleased if they help people who need your services to contact you.

If you independently provide help to people, please keep your safety in mind. Meet only in public places where other people are around and do not share your personal information.

Spread Awareness with InvisiblePeople.tv on YouTube

Share videos on homelessness with family and friends to raise awareness about the problems these people face every day.

photo by Chris Scott, SXC
photo by Chris Scott, SXC

Donate Used Items

Whenever you purge your closet of clothes you no longer wear and get rid of toys and clothes that your kids have grown out of, donate them to charities. Hats, gloves, coats and other winter clothes are always appreciated.

Books and current magazines are also appreciated. Anything portable that a homed person would enjoy, a homeless person would.

Be sure to donate your old computer to a shelter or other charity that serves the poor in your community.

photo by petr0, SXC
photo by petr0, SXC

Donate Free Things to Shelters and Food Pantries

Every Sunday you can match up ads to flier coupons and coupons you have saved and find products that would be free if you combine a good coupon with a store sale. Often these things may not be something you'd use so you pass them by. But from now on, don't. Just pick up the free item while you are shopping.

Get the things that turn out to be free after discount and coupon and donate them to charities. Food pantries and shelters usually gladly accept non-food donations. Hygiene products are especially welcome. Things like that deodorant, tampon, or toothpaste that's not your brand will be greatly appreciated by someone else.

Homeless Man Under Pressure - Performer uses two Kermits and a song to bring attention to the plight of people living on the street

© 2009 Kylyssa Shay

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Do You Have Any Ideas on How to Help Homeless People Without Spending Money? 142 comments

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iwrite100 3 years ago from Philippines

Share to them my time and skills. Teach them some crafts that they can use to make a living and help them market their products.


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Lady Lorelei 3 years ago from Canada

There are indeed many ways to donate and it is up to each individual to decide how they will contribute to this world that we live in. These are excellent tips for helping homeless people when you yourself do not have a large income.


sherioz 3 years ago

Your lens has given me an idea about offering help here in my own neighbourhood. People don't need to be sleeping out on the street to be in dire need of help. Thank-you for this.


kimadagem 3 years ago

About donations - besides the usual items like clothes I make things - hats, mittens, etc. It was actually a new rule for this year, kind of like a New Year's resolution - for each thing I make for myself I will make something for someone else. The last donation I made included something like 5 knitted or crocheted hats. Some were even kid-sized - a good way to use up small amounts of yarn and they didn't take very long at all to make. And there are lots of patterns online if I want to vary my usual one. I'd recommend this to any crafters out there - share your creativity with the rest of the world. It feels really good. :)


bskcom 3 years ago

Volunteering at a homeless shelter or participating in your church's community outreach programs benefits both you and people in need. Your Lens is so inspiring!


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flinnie lm 3 years ago from Alabama USA

Hi thank for sharing all these good ideas about how to help homeless people. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.


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LisaAuch1 3 years ago from Scotland

In our area we have a lot of support for our homeless and do a lot to help out - I never thought of giving them the coupons! great idea


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floppypoppygift1 3 years ago

Habitat for humanity is a great organization with lots of jobs for people who wish to help their community. Donating your old car to them is another way.


anonymous 3 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. It is very helpful.


AlexBPearl 4 years ago

Nice website. Best of luck. Check mine raising-money-for-homeless-kidsBest, AP


anonymous 4 years ago

Hi, Kylyssa! I had never thought about using store coupons for items that I don't use to get free items to donate to homeless charities. What a smart idea! My town doesn't have a homeless shelter, but we do have a great soup kitchen that would benefit from free items. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas in this lens.


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entertainmentev 4 years ago

This information is extremely valuable! We can all reach out and help another.Great lens!


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SgtCecil 4 years ago from Osaka, Japan

Great lens! Thanks for the info.


anonymous 4 years ago

cutting hair


MarcellaCarlton 4 years ago

Yes, donate your hair. Grow it so you have 11 inches and donate it to locks of love. You can also give blood. But your the best, Kylyssa, You really can write well and I love your ideas. Great lens, again.


wealthart 4 years ago

Yes I do.Searching to raise funds for the homeless is simple and easy. All you need to do is download our tool bar and use it to do your everyday searches. Our toolbar is empowered by yahoo. Or use the search box located on this blog to do your internet searches. In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love. ..................................... Mother Teresahttp://searchtoraisefunds.blogspot.com/


fayenoman 4 years ago

kylyssa, you have the heart for those people in need. you have written brilliant ideas here. thanks for sharing this.


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KittySmith 4 years ago

I am really apalled people would expect you to donate what you earn from your lenses to others. You have found a way to take care of yourself, writing about a subject you know, just like many others here. On our nightly news I have seen reports on the homeless situation, I seriously doubt any of these newscasters gave up their earnings for the cause. They do however donate time and labor to serve food.


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KittySmith 4 years ago

In Florida we have seen an ever increasing number of people standing on corners panhandling. One recent heartbreaker was a man that looked like he had just lost his job and could not make the transition in his mind. He was still in a sport jacket like he may have worn to work, but it looks rumpled like he had slept in it. His demeanor looked like defeat and humility. There are a LOT of lazy panhandlers here, but this guy was different. What is difficult for many people is the inability to differentiate who is really in need. There is a church that provides a bed at night and food, but incredibly, the county does not want to allow them to continue! Threats of shutting the church down have been made, but the county offers no alternatives. I donated mattresses to them one particularly cold winter. We had work camps back in the days of the Depression. Why don't we have them now when there is obviously a need. We have a saying, "Homeless, not helpless." give a leg up, businesses can hire a hungry person to take out trash for a meal. Or to clean windows. On Thursday nights, we have a street festival and homeless are given orange shirts and hired to clean up the trash that IDIOTS drop. (Sorry, poor manners really make me hot)


SteveKaye 4 years ago

This is a powerful topic. Thank you for publishing this lens.


anonymous 4 years ago

Wow. Many of us are precariously close to being homeless ourselves. Wishing you much success going forward. As to ideas: Donate things you don't need or can do without. http://www.squidoo.com/soles4souls


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serendipity831 4 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

Wonderful ideas. People sometimes forget that time is more valuable than money. Thank you for sharing this lens. :)


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Kathryn Beach 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your thoughtful lenses concerning homelessness. I think contributing time to homeless shelters as a family activity is a great way to educate the whole family as to the realities of these people that 'there but for the grace of God go I.'


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Pam Irie 4 years ago from Land of Aloha

I can provide my free labor to sew coats designed for the homeless. (You have so many wonderful ideas on this page to help homeless people!)


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lesliesinclair 4 years ago

This is such a beautiful lens. You point out many ways in which people can be really helpful to those who are meeting the challenges of homelessness. Congratulations for a very successful lens.


anonymous 4 years ago

Returning to bless your excellent advice on how just about everyone can help the homeless without spending a dime.


ifuturz 4 years ago

excellent lens


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snazzify lm 4 years ago

excellent lens. blessed by a squid angel :) <3


anonymous 4 years ago

I live in an apartment complex and people are always throwing away good stuff, which leads to some fruitful dumpster diving and lots of free stuff. Last week I found tons of clothing and linens, lo and behold a neighbor was moving out and I asked for anything she did not want. Jackpot! Once washed and minor repairs made- off to a shelter. Thanks for the articles and information.


JHFSEO 4 years ago

Kylyssa, All of your lenses have touched me, and I'm working on some ideas for helping the homeless get a leg up on jobs or their own small businesses.I sent you a note. Great work here, and please let me know if you have any input for the ideas I sent you. I know your experience can yield results to even more people, and I hope those who have access can see these lenses and learn what you learned, while teaching the privileged what they can do to contribute.


SIALicenceUK 4 years ago

Really would like to help out, think there is a soup kitchen near me, i`ll go see if they need any help. Great lens! Thumbs up


crstnblue 4 years ago

Maybe allow one some time to get in contact with them, listen to their stories, look into their eyes, understand their limits and capabilities and... start from here showing a path in life based on that


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VarietyWriter2 4 years ago

Blessed by a Squid Angel :)


kimmanleyort 4 years ago

Very good ideas and tips. I participated in a poverty simulation recently which really opened my eyes to what challenges many people are faced with. The ideas you suggest would be very helpful.


integrityonlinemarketer 4 years ago

Hi there..My dear friend..How refreshing and blessed to hear your story...I worked for 15 years with the homeless on the streets of Sydney Australia's "Kings Cross Red District" ..How I miss it! Cheers & blessings


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bernie74 lm 4 years ago

Such an amazing Lens. Angel Blessed!


Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

Excellent!


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rootadesigns lm 5 years ago

Great lens!


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Joan Haines 5 years ago

Your lenses deserve second and third visits back to read and really digest the ideas. Excellent.


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RhondaSueDavis 5 years ago

I am part of a newly formed volunteer group that works social media to get the word out about missing teens in our county. We have potlucks monthly to reach out to those out of homes. Next month we are going to do patch repair and sewing of buttons or strap repair and whatever is needed. also some art on jeans if wanted by the teens in attendance. Do you think this is a need. We have some waterproof kits to use, but maybe we don't need to hand them out unless there is a real request for that.


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TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

Regardless of what situation you are in, everyone should be able to help the homeless.


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phoenix arizona f 5 years ago

I am glad I read this because now I can contribute more to the homeless community. Thank you.


anonymous 5 years ago

Very true. You can donate other things aside from money.For those who don't have money, time or anything else, how about donating your voice as a citizen of democracy. Tell your public official to eliminate extreme poverty: http://www.effensource.com/endpoverty.html


anonymous 5 years ago

I stopped back and just noticed that my Like had disappeared, I probably favorited too soon before the 2 lit up, glad I checked back.


anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Trish, why not try a non-traditional, home-based church such as Great Harvest Christian Community. It is comprised of people who are formerly homeless, addicted, etc. who are now giving back to help those in need without judgment.


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Holdinghands 5 years ago

Thanks for all of the wonderful tips on how to help homeless people! Another great thing to do, which is also free, would be to make a website and give all of the money you make off of that to charities that help homeless people.


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grandma deal 5 years ago

This is a very good lens. I've lensrolled it to several of mine. I make "Hats For Homeless",. A LOT of people from across the U.S.A. have sent yarn, hats, mittens and scarves for the homeless center I donate to each winter. Here you've shown me more things I might be able to do. Thank you for sharing.


anonymous 5 years ago

i was on the internet trying to educate=myself on homelessness.  i am 49 years old and thinking of going back=to college to help the homeless.  i come across this site that i came=across your letter to this one girl and it had your email address on it an=d i took it upon myself to try to get in contact with you.  i have ra=ised 5 kids by myself and still have one at home with me.  he is 21 ye=ars old and disabled.  as i am also disabled.  i live in a small =community south of huntington, tx.  everyone here pretty much knows me=and knows that i would give my last can of food to help someone out. =in 2005 we got hit with hurricane rita.  a tree crashed through my tr=ailer.  fema came out accessed the situation and issued a check. myex boyfriend took the  money and bought a trailer and moved it on the=property.  all the while living in a tent in my front yard with no el=ectricity for 3 weeks.  cooking over an open flame in the front y=ard, fixing meals so i could make sure that the neighbors ate.  all th=e while keeping coffee going all the time incase someone wanted a cup.=  at that time my daughter, her husband and there 2 year old son =living with us (me, my disabled son and my ex) i   never tho=ught anything about not being able to get a title.  but when this last=hurricane came through (hurricane ike) the back of the trailer was ripped =off.  and i had water all in my trailer.  i called fema and they =came out and told me that they could not help me.  i didn't have a tit=le to the trailer in my name.   i then searched and searched for =the bill of sale that my ex had gotten from the trailer place whomhas since closed.  i found out that the trailer that he purchased was=a salvage trailer.  i got online and started researching to find out =how i could get a title, ownership, etc.  i couldn't.  as of sept=2003, salvage trailers were not suppose to be sold to the public.  ok=, so now, i couldn't get ownership.  i was lost as what to do.  s=ince then, i have applied for a weatherazation program to help fix the hole=s in the floors etc.  i got denied, i was told that there was too much=damage.  cps has been called and i was given an application for usda =rural development, loan to help me get another trailer brought in for us to=live in.  can't do that cause i am trying to catch up on all the back=taxes on the property that my ex didn't pay, let alone he didn't get a bil=l of sale, so i can't get the property in my name without first getting all=the backtaxes paid, and getting a lawyer to take it in front of ajudge.  (money i don't have.)    we live on mine and m=y son's disability checks.  but since i worked some the past couple of=years.  i have to pay back the government on overpayment. 


anonymous 5 years ago

i was on the internet trying to educatemyself on homelessness. i am 49 years old and thinking of going backto college to help the homeless i have raised 5 kids by myself and still have one at home with me. he is 21 years old and disabled. as i am also disabled. i live in a small community south of huntington, tx everyone here pretty much knows meand knows that i would give my last can of food to help someone out.in 2005 we got hit with hurricane rita. a tree crashed through my trailer. fema came out accessed the situation and issued a check. myex boyfriend took the money and bought a trailer and moved it on theproperty. all the while living in a tent in my front yard with no electricity for 3 weeks. cooking over an open flame in the front yard, fixing meals so i could make sure that the neighbors ate. all the while keeping coffee going all the time incase someone wanted a cup.; at that time my daughter, her husband and there 2 year old son living with us (me, my;disabled son and my ex) i never thought anything about not being able to get a title but when this lasthurricane came through (hurricane ike) the back of the trailer was ripped off and i had water all in my trailer i called fema and theycame out and told me that they could not help me. i didn't have a title to the trailer in my name. i then searched and searched for the bill of sale that my ex had gotten from the trailer place whomhas since closed. i found out that the trailer that he purchased wasa salvage trailer. i got online and started researching to find out how i could get a title, ownership, etc.& i couldn't. as of sept2003, salvage trailers were not supposed to be sold to the public. ok, so now, i couldn't get ownership. i was lost as what to do. since then, i have applied for a weatherazation program to help fix the holes in the floors etc. i got denied, i was told that there was too much damage. cps has been called and i was given an application for usda rural development, loan to help me get another trailer brought in for us tolive in. can't do that cause i am trying to catch up on all the backtaxes on the property that my ex didn't pay, let alone he didn't get a bill of sale, so i can't get the property in my name without first getting allthe backtaxes paid, and getting a lawyer to take it in front of ajudge. (money i don't have.) we live on mine and my son's disability checks. but since i worked some the past couple ofyears.; i have to pay back the government on overpayment. my trailer has a lot of problems. broken out windows (coveredwith board), floors falling through no lie. i have boards overtop the holes to keep from falling through. especially when my grandkids coming over. my stove, refrigerator and washer and dryer are all covering holes in the floor i have had electrical problems. christmas day, i didn't have electricity because my breaker burnt up in the breaker box outside. i spoke with the preacher to the church igo to and no help. finally a week later, i took the chance of going out there and changing out the box with a new box with a bigger breaker. i didn't know what i was doing, but i got out there and changed it out when no one else would help me.& i did it; now i don't have problems at the box anymore. i just have plug ins that stop working for no reason. it takes me about 13 dollars every 1;to;2 days to heat my house.  i use 5 gallon propane bottles. so every 3 to 5 days i would have to go get the bottles filled. now that the tempatures are getting warmer, it doesn't cost as much. even though i go through all of this in my life. i am still helping others out.everyother weekend i have to go get my grandkids and keep them the night, cause my daughter has them for the weekend and she has to work. i pay her car insurance and my other daughter and son in law's car insurance. and i help the homeless/hungry out. if i see someone that i see is hungry, i will go get them something to eat, give them money to have awarm place to sleep that night, etc.or else take them into my own home and let them stay there til they can get up on there feet now, it is just me and my son, but with times like they are, it won't be long before my daughter, her husband and there two kids will be moving back in with me. i live in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath trailer that is falling down around us. i have thought about the extreme makeover, but i have heard a lot of people are losing there homes cause they can't afford the taxesafterwards. i don't need a big mansion to live in. i just need help getting something to live in that will hold 4 adults and 2 to 4 children all the while still helping those that i can. i refuse to give up my mission in life. i feel that god put me here to help others and that is what i will continue to do.i have been homeless on numerous times. have even gotten into drugs, arrested, and have learned from my experiences. i believe in god, have been saved, and worship god on a daily basis. i pray every night, morning and many times in between, for him to give me the strength to carry on with my beliefs. the courage to getout there and do what others are afraid of doing. and the wisdom to educate others with knowledge and blessings. god has blessed mewith 5 kids and 11 grandkids. one of which were told that he had an anuesum. to find out a year and 5 mri's/mra's later that it is not ananuesum.; has blessed me with cirroshis of the liver, allergic to the sun, copd, etc for me to have the courage to quit smoking, stop drinking and be a testomony to others. i am blessed with god, even though i have trouble with going to church. i haven't found a church that i feel comfortable with. that do not judge me for my past, or judge me for helping others. i have been told from a preacher that i don't need to be helping others, that theyare probably better off than me. that doesn't matter in god's eyes.  he tested me to see if i would help. i did. i didn't turnmy back. the preacher has also told me that i need to walk away frommy kids and let them fall. i am sorry, if a preacher can walk away from there children, when they needed help; i am sorry, that is not unconditional love.  i am tired of being judged by the preacher and other members of the church who look down upon me for having tattoo's or the life i have had to live through. only god can judge me onjudgement day. i am looking for a church to go to. i just haven't found one with beliefs of helping others without judgement.


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Jack2205 5 years ago

Blessed by a Squid Angel.


JodiVee 5 years ago

It often seems easier to spare a quarter for a homeless person rather than helping them up and helping them out. There is a stigma associated with homelessness -- most people think that people end up on the street because they're lazy and don't want to work, but that's not true. They have no alternative, and are an indication of the way our society and culture are structured and run; industrialization and westernization create gross imbalances in wealth, and some people end up on the fringes...


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jackieb99 5 years ago

you have excellent ideas. Well done!


thesecretsblogger 5 years ago

You must have such a loving heart. Thanks for this lens! You just made me wanna make a difference in the world! Have a blissful day


thesecretsblogger 5 years ago

You must have such a loving heart. Thanks for this lens! You just made me wanna make a difference in the world! Have a blissful day


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Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

Great lens. Not only wonderful ideas (I really like the donating of childcare to homeless people-I never would have thought of that one), but also a beautifully designed lens.


anonymous 5 years ago

Many thanks for all these resources beloved sister Kylyssa. :-)We are not homeless rather home-full though. There are houses without people and people without houses. It is the madness of the status quo. So yes, many of us are houseless but home is always with us because home is everywhere we go.What about investing in living, healing, eating and learning instead of prisons, bailing banks and war?http://earthlingopinion.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/h... all become compassionate, courageous and wise.If you want to be a rebel, be kind. Human-kind, be both.In big hugs + big smiles + service + solidarity + insurgent learningPleanetizing the Movement of the Ahimsa (R)evolution from some corner of our round borderless country...Pancho


dreameater 5 years ago

this is a meaningful topic and well-written lens!


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ChemKnitsBlog2 5 years ago

Kylyssa, your stories are always so personal and moving. This is such a great resource for people who have time and desire to help out, but without the financial capability to support charities. Blessed by an Angel.


ZazzleEnchante 5 years ago

A very meaningful lens with all the most meaningful ways covered of helping homeless. Blessed by a SquidAngel.


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CofCJenny LM 5 years ago

What a wonderful lens!


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bt55 5 years ago

Great insight in homelessness that many of us have not yet experienced. Thank you!


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MisterJeremy 5 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

No ideas other than those you have shared. It's great to see that there are so many choices other than to give spare change or not. Blessed


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Ann-Marie LM 5 years ago

Thank you for this eye-opening lens. I have just nominated it for a Purple Star, which I very much hope will be awarded. A very worthwhile piece about helping people in real need.


anonymous 5 years ago

I was homeless for a while and the best thing that ever happened to me was when someone took the time to sit and talk with me mono a mono (hand to hand). When all you have to talk to is other homeless individuals, who usually talk about sorrow and pain, life can be pretty bleak. Thank you for the wonderful lenses.


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JeffreyTymczak LM 5 years ago

Great collection of information and tips. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your next lens, I will definitely be rating this UP!!! ;)Jeff


kt_glasses 5 years ago

nice work! Thanks for sharing!


TheRedstar 5 years ago

Just to take the time to show people how to help the homeless is astounding I myself have been homeless with my fam and found no one to help. To see that there are people out there who will help the less fortunate just soothes my soul. Thank You for this lense. May God Bless your heart. I plan to share this lense with people I know.


tintin79 5 years ago

Great share and big problem that needs solving..


anonymous 5 years ago

Kylyssa, your empathy and compassion continues to humble me. This is a such a useful lens for anyone who wants to help, but is unsure where to start. I don't live in your country but I can pass on and put into practice many of your common sense ideas. Thank you


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WebIsFun 5 years ago

I enjoyed reading your many great ideas. There are so many people asking for money around where I work, it is nice to know that there are useful ways to help them


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eclecticeducati1 5 years ago

Lots of great ideas here!


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Prosperity09 5 years ago

This is very informative and a much needed reminder


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Blurasis 5 years ago

Excellent lens. Very insightful!


anonymous 5 years ago

Great idea for a lens. Good job.


anonymous 5 years ago

Creating awareness about such social issue is also a charitable deed.


anonymous 5 years ago

How do you give a homeless man motivation?


suny51 5 years ago

In fact I have been working on this project back in my country as there are countless such people, wit so much to be done for them. I am working with a group to provide shelter to such people. You have done a nice job- keep it up.


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Addy Bell 5 years ago

I hadn't thought of using "get one free" coupons and donating the products to shelters. I'll have to remember that. Thanks.


anonymous 5 years ago

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for one day....Show a man HOW to fish and you will feed him a lifetime!


Tarra99 5 years ago

Blessed and featured here: http://www.squidoo.com/100-blessings I tried to bless your homeless "best ever" project but the link is different and the featured lens module won't accept it...but I thought it was well done as well. Great work!


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writestuff lm 5 years ago

What a great lens! I agree, it's not money that will help the homeless. It's the life skills you teach them that will help them more. There's an old saying "Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day...teach a man to fish, and he feeds his family for a lifetime". Very rarely will I give a homeless person some money, but I never hesitate buy them some food. The other day, outside of a Walgreen's a homeless man was asking for money for food, I bought him a sandwich and gave him some protein shakes I had in my car. I asked him what his story was. He said he was a cook at different fast food places and they all cut his hours. I gave him a card with a virtual business number on it. I asked him what he wanted to do, what his dreams were. Told him to call me when he was able to find a new job, get an address, a prepaid cell phone, save up at least $500, and I would teach him to build his own business if he was willing to work and do what it takes to learn the skills necessary to build his own business. That was about a week ago. I guess I'll wait and see what happens. I do hope that one day he does call. In the few minutes I took the time to talk to him, he seemed to be a kind person. It breaks my heart to see homeless people.


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sheriangell 5 years ago

Blessed today and featured on Pay It Forward!


lumpy22 5 years ago

i was reading a post and came across your lens in it. Thanks for the info.


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VSP 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing in the past myself and my daughters have helped at a homeless shelter. When we first moved to our apartment there was a homeless man at the park who picked up the trash. I talked to him one day and for a while would talk to him whenever I saw him. Sometimes I would take him food and once, I made him some business cards so he could try and get some contract work. He left that park one day and I haven't seen him since. Hope he's doing better.


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Shades-of-truth 6 years ago from USA

Well, I think you covered just about all of them. Having taken many, many homeless people into our home over the years, we have some horror stories to tell, and some wonderful experiences, too. We do know, that money alone is not the answer, and you have done a marvelous job of giving us all ideas about how to really help! Congratulations on the LotD - well-deserved!


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fitnessdad70 6 years ago

Those are some great ideas. The help you provide would actually help them take care of themselves.


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Laura Schofield 6 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

Congratulations on another fantastic piece of work Kylssa and congrats on Lens of the Day! Reading your suggestions, I couldn't help but think of a Facebook app a friend of mine developed. This would be an ideal way to suggest these activities to people: check out Karmakorn http://karmakorn.com/


anonymous 6 years ago

Not only have you shared wonderful ideas for people to help the homeless but it is presented in such an appealing manner too. Congratulations on the LOTD. Very well deserved.


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burgessvillian 6 years ago

Providing transportation is one way I helped. Excellent lens and congratulations on the LOTD.


anonymous 6 years ago

I really like this lens. The information is great, the BW styling is very effective also.Cheers,glockr


debsgreatfinds 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)


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delia-delia 6 years ago

Congrats on a Great LOTD!!! and a ~"Squid Angel Blessing"~


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jimk4 6 years ago

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Tobbie LM 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing your ideas and creating this lens!


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Airinka 6 years ago

amazing lens


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lasertek lm 6 years ago

You have so many great ideas on this lens. I could not have think of so many ways to help the homeless. Thanks for sharing. God Bless!


anonymous 6 years ago

That's good Continue to help the people who needs help. .and for sure continue to bless you more


anonymous 6 years ago

Thinking of others is a dying art, well done, you show signs of a good heart, a rare thing in today's self orientated world.


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norma-holt 6 years ago

Wonderful. Congrats on LOTD. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Lenses That Shine. I think your dedication to promoting the plight of homeless people is truly commendable and worthy of recognition.


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GonnaFly 6 years ago from Australia

What an awesome list of ideas. It certainly opens up many new doors of helping those less fortunate in our community. Thanks


anonymous 6 years ago

Hello:I also have a way to help not only the homeless, but the needy and the disaster victims too by clicking to the hungersite.com from the United Nations. The U.N. also has freerice.com too to help many worldwide with giving rice a staple in many cultures worldwide too. Thanks for your lens and can't wait for more lens articles from you.


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myraggededge 6 years ago

Inspiring and very practical advice. Congrats on LotD!Blessed :-)


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WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Congratulations on LOTD!


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VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)


GrowWear 6 years ago

That LOTD badge is looking mighty fine up top. Congratulations!


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sheriangell 6 years ago

Well deserved and meaningful LotD! Congratulations.


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MomwithAHook LM 6 years ago from California

Having been homeless (as a family) I would have to say one of the biggest things someone could do is to SMILE and offer a Friendly Word. It's bad enough to be homeless - trying to complete the 'to do' lists that are required of you as part of staying in the shelter - which interferes with you trying to find a job and or taking care of your children - Which just adds to your low self worth you have for yourself for being homeless in the first place -- IT is just nice to get a HUG-SMILE- and not be ignored or looked down upon because believe me we already feel the weight of judgment coming from ourselves.


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Airinka 6 years ago

very informative lens!


ohcaroline 6 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD. A very inciteful lens and much information. Your passions shows!


DebMartin 6 years ago

Great lens! In my area, we donate garden space, training, and materials for the homeless who want to reconnect with the earth, grow a little produce, and build some knowledge/skills. We have one homeless woman who has become a Master Gardner and is now employed by a local government facility to tend their grounds. I would love to see a pantry built at the garden site so our homeless have a place to preserve and store their bounty. Cost? All volunteer labor and donated seeds and tools.


Mart903 6 years ago

A great helping to help lens. Congratulations on this marvelous Lens of the Day. Keep it up!


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indigoj 6 years ago from UK

A very worthy Lens of the Day. Congratulations, Kylyssa. As always, an insightful and informative lens that shows us how to make a difference in practical ways.


poutine 6 years ago

Congratulations on LoTD.Well done


anonymous 6 years ago

I lensrolled this 33 times, I like it. Congratulations on LOTD!!! You have said a lot, and oh how true it is to help the homeless. I'll be featuring this lens on about 5 of my own today. Thank you for put this information out there for everyone to read. If more people would see this, the homeless will receive the benefits. ~ Many good things will come your way!


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justholidays 6 years ago

Congratulations on your LOTD, Kylyssa, it's well deserved! You always produce 1st class lenses and this one, as usual, is most excellent!


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KOrazem 6 years ago from Pueblo West

Wonderful lens packed with great ideas. Congratulations on your well deserved LOTD!


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Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

Ah, yes I remember this fabulous lens :) Congratulations on Lens of the Day!


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Heather426 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

congrats on lotd!


JMark 6 years ago

Beautiful and information packed Lens! And congrats on LOTD ; )


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you for raising my awareness to the unique plight of homeless people. I will be more sensitive to their needs as a result of reading this lens.


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Grasmere Sue 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

Really pleased that your great lens has got LOTD


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JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

Great job - congrats on LOTD!


JennySui 6 years ago

Congrats on LOTD!


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modz 6 years ago

Wonderful lens, Congrats on LOTD!


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squid-janices7 6 years ago

Congrats on winning LOTD! You have many great FREE ideas here....thanks for sharing!


anonymous 6 years ago

Congrats on LOTD! This lens is a great twist on ways to give that negates the excuse "I can't afford it." Thanks for sharing!


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ajgodinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a wonderful lens filled with valuable information and ideas to help the homeless. You did a great job of highlighting so many different ways to make a difference. I'm a proponent of philanthropy as well and it's great to see all your work for the homeless. Lensrolling to my Philanthropic Online Activism lens. Keep up the good work!


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sousababy 6 years ago

I couldn't agree more, throwing money at the problem of homelessness is only a bandage solution. Providing emotional support empowers people - gives them strength and courage beyond what they dream is possible. Compassion will always triumph over judgement. A couple years ago I saw a Reader's Digest quote (author unknown), which reads: Helping someone onto the right path is more important than money and fame. Kylyssa your worth in this world is immeasurable.


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LisaDH 6 years ago

These are all great suggestions, and I hope they'll encourage more people to do what they can, even if they don't have money to donate.


anonymous 6 years ago

Restaurants and cafeterias from schools and businesses can donate leftover food items to their local homeless shelter. Soooo much food gets wasted, why not feed someone? I'm sure if it were considered a tax credit might be an encouragement.


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JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Kylyssa ~ this is written very beautifully from the heart. You have fabulous ideas of how one can give of themselves to care for others. My hubby and I don't have a lot of money to give, but we have enjoyed working with a group that collects and distributes food to the homeless of Philly. We are trying to get the children involved too by helping at a local food bank. Thank you for the reminders how we should all care for one another. :)


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Bookmama2 6 years ago

I can't add any ideas at the moment, but this is a great lens. Your writing is very powerful and I wish you well.


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Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

These are all wonderful suggestions and this is an awesome lens! Angel Blessed!


anonymous 6 years ago

If you've got the means to donate, visit http://feedingamerica.org/ to find a local food bank. Unlike the bell ringers with red buckets, food banks spend the money on food not missionaries.


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Gypzeerose 6 years ago

Another helpful lens. You could also use http://www.goodsearch.com/ as a search engine - money is donated to charity every time you do, and you could specify a charity related to homelessness, and of course volunteering for Habitat for Humanity if really important. If you have knowledge to help avoid foreclosure, or help people who are in financial distress, you may help prevent homelessness.


JELewis 6 years ago

What a bunch of great ideas that any person can afford to do.


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Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

Very comprehensive lens. I also like your use of the black and white colors which convey the stark reality of this worsening situation.


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jptanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

Great ideas - donating time and teaching skills to homeless people sound like really valuable things to do. Especially when of us with homes don't actually have any spare money these days.


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wilddove6 6 years ago

Excellent ideas and suggestions!I once worked at a Carnegie centre community library and almost every book in that collection was donated. People often have magazine subscriptions that they have finished reading, or books they can no longer use...but someone can...and as you mentioned, reliable internet/computer access is almost nonexistent for the homeless..they often have to rely on in-hand books for information.Current, local newspapers are often most needed.


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groovyfind 6 years ago from Columbia Mo

Fantastic!


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mysticmama lm 6 years ago

Wonderful ideas!...Blessed!


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Ramkitten2000 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

I can't come up with anything you haven't already suggested. This is yet another excellent lens devoted to the subject of homelessness. I think a lot of people are reluctant to donate money (and I'm honestly one of them) but are much more willing and comfortable with donating time and effort and items they no longer need or want. I have a winter coat in my car that my mom no longer wanted, but it's almost like new. If I see someone who needs it, I'll stop and give it to them. It's only one item, but I hope it will make even just a little difference to one cold, homeless person. If I don't find someone soon, I can donate it to Goodwill, but I'd rather give it away for free rather than having it on a rack with a price tag on it.

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    Kylyssa Shay was homeless for over a year in her youth; it lead to her activism involving homelessness. She thinks, feels, and has opinions.



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