Ways to Help Homeless Women in Your Community Through the Beneficial Support of Serving

Ways That You Can Help Serve Your Community

Introduction:

This article takes a look at how you can reach out to homeless women in your community.

This article displays one of the leading causes that land most homeless women on the street. Find ways that you can help fight against hunger in your community.


What Causes Women To Become Homeless?

Image of Chalk Board featuring helping homeless women.
Image of Chalk Board featuring helping homeless women. | Source

There Are Care Centers That Help Those In Need All Year Around

Open Arms Care Center In Gilbert Arizona, helps men and women who are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their head all year around. Photo of Open Arms Care Center.
Open Arms Care Center In Gilbert Arizona, helps men and women who are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their head all year around. Photo of Open Arms Care Center. | Source
Inside the care center volunteers help to keep the center stocked with food and personal hygiene supplies.
Inside the care center volunteers help to keep the center stocked with food and personal hygiene supplies. | Source
Supplies collected from local churches.
Supplies collected from local churches. | Source

The Cause Domestic Violence And Mental Illness

The United States holds the highest number of homeless women among industrialized nations.

Women are the backbone of our nation. The role of a woman ranges from caretaker, wife,mother, to sister, and provider.

However there are many women who suffer from depression, and mental disorders. Mental disorders cause many women to fall out of touch with reality into the empty pit of homelessness.

I interviewed a woman who lived in a shelter for battered women and children in Phoenix. I also spent sometime as a volunteer helping women find jobs and caring for their children. One of the women I interviewed was Lisa.

Lisa's story:

Lisa had been homeless for two years, she now works at a grocery store. She still lives in a shelter with her two daughters until she can get back on her feet.

Lisa was in an abusive relationship which caused her to seek help at a nearby shelter for women and children.

The importance of shelter for women is to ensure their safety. Women can put themselves in a dangerous situation if they seek a shelter that house men as well, and women tend to need more attention than men.

Helping a woman get back on her feet can be more challenging especially if they have children.

Some women who are homeless suffer from conditions that may include, borderline personality, bipolar disorder and depression.

Women like Lisa who are falling through the cracks, due to domestic violence is often the principle cause behind women becoming homeless.

Like the majority of homeless women, Lisa wants to get back on her feet. Being a productive member of society and a woman that her daughters can look up to is very important. "Some people may thing that I lack motivation. I want to work and I want to be a good role model for my kids. I just need more help than others." She confides, "But once I get back on my feet I will be able to help others. Just like those who have helped me and my daughters"

According to surveys, up to 100 percent of homeless women have suffered domestic abuse. Other reasons behind homelessness include poverty, wage disadvantages and lack of affordable housing.

Homelessness for women can lead to other health issues such as diabetes, ulcers, and skin disorders which leads to a shorten life expectancy.


Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program

Image of the I-Help Ministry.
Image of the I-Help Ministry. | Source

Kim Whisenhurt Co-Volunteer For I-Help

Co-Volunteer Kim Whisenhurt
Co-Volunteer Kim Whisenhurt | Source

I-Help

Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program:

Kim Whisenhurt is one of the co-volunteers that help homeless women get back on their feet.

Kim's religious upbringing gave her an understanding for the need to serve at an early age.

Kim's parents led by example reaching out to young girls who were removed from their homes due to unsafe conditions.

Kim just recently began her journey working with homeless women. Treating the women as she would like to be treated is key. "Helping people comes naturally, and this is where God has led me." Kim says, "I don't have a lot of money but I do have the time." She shares.


The I-Help Program

The I-Help programs provide a safety net of services for the community, work to prevent homelessness, maintain independent living and alleviate poverty.


The I-Help Program Reaching Out To Women In Need

Women's Homeless Shelter In Arizona
Women's Homeless Shelter In Arizona | Source

The I-Help Team Has A Heart For Serving Others

The I-Help team provide loving support to ensure that every woman has a safe and warm place to stay.

I-Help Volunteers and Staff Member Janice Gather For Prayer

I-Help Volunteers and Janice a Staff Member.
I-Help Volunteers and Janice a Staff Member. | Source
Packing tables away.
Packing tables away. | Source
Providing Beds and Food For the Women
Providing Beds and Food For the Women | Source
The volunteers gather for prayer.
The volunteers gather for prayer. | Source

Ways to Help Homeless Women in Your Community Through the Beneficial Support of Serving

During the holidays help comes in abundance, but once the Holidays are over the homeless go unnoticed.

In Arizona the heat is unbearable. The homeless are in need of items that many take for granted such as water and air-conditioning.

For the homeless in other parts of the country needs may be different however the circumstances remain the same.

Ways To Help Homeless Women In Your Community:

1. Reach out to your local church: The church community is a great resource for informing others concerning donations and serving opportunities within your community.

2. Feminine Hygiene Products: Deodorant, toothbrush, panties, are items that are in need.

3, Toothbrushes, and Soap: These things are taken for granted. Many women end up loosing their teeth because the proper care is not accessible, the women always appreciate access to a nice shower with plenty of soap.

4. Prayer & Love: Most women want to stand on their own, providing understanding and an outlet of prayer and encouragement goes a long way.

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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Up to 100% of women suffer from domestic violence? That's a lot! I can totally agree that women need more support, especially when it comes to personal support, housing and finances. Often it is not taken into account that women's wages are supposed to cover having kids, yet they receive less than men, who often only need to take care of themselves. I am a bit worried about the skin disorders creating a shorter life expectancy though...as I do have a bad skin myself. Voted interesting.


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swilliams 2 years ago from Arizona Author

Yes 100%! Domestic or sexual violence at some point in their lives, depending on the region and type of study.

I have served in the homeless shelter for many years and some of the women are hard to deal with do to their mental illness.

I'm looking at your skin and it's flawless when is your next dove commercial due out? You don't have to worry Suzanne Day you are a great journalist your talk show will keep you off the streets! I support you all the way! Thanks for reading.

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