Our mission is to help homeless individuals who are ready for change. To be a street advocate for the people, gaining their trust and getting them connected with services and resources that would provide a way out as an option to homelessness. We want to give them a chance to change.
Share love, touch lives and bring change.
Studies have shown the following:
Ø If a person can manage panhandling that’s one more day they will be homeless.
Ø Chronic homeless individuals cost more than $40,000 per year cycling in and out of Jail, Emergency rooms, Prisons, Detox programs, etc.
Ø Some homeless individuals are ready for change but need guidance on how to get out of that lifestyle to regain a sense of recovery from their day to day experiences.
Ø They believe no one cares and have not only become homeless but have become hopeless and have adapted to their environment.
Ø Over 1400 homeless in Oakland
Ø No, every person homeless doesn’t want to be out there.
Homelessness is usually the result of number of factors, rather than a single cause.
Circumstances of homelessness may include:
1. Traumatic events, such as house fire, divorce, etc.
2. Domestic Violence
3. Mental Health
What makes our program difference?
We are willing to get in the trenches with the people as street advocates to gain their trust and consistently provide information giving them means to begin their journey and road to recovery, rediscovery of themselves, identity and self-worth.
We need a building to provide daily meals, showers and the resources. The C.H.A.N.G.E program will connect with the social services and other programs that align with our Mission and help them get ID cards, Financial literacy, General Assistance, Training, Mentoring, Life Skills so they can become productive citizens again. We need brochures made, copies, etc. to distribute to them.
Homelessness, in turn, amplifies poor mental health. The stress of experiencing homelessness may exacerbate previous mental illness and encourage anxiety, fear, depression, sleeplessness and substance use. The needs of people experiencing homelessness with mental illnesses are similar to those without mental illnesses: physical safety, education, transportation, affordable housing, and affordable medical/dental treatment. When providing care to those experiencing homelessness, it is essential to create a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere, address basic needs (e.g. food and shelter), and provide accessible care.
People with mental illness experience homelessness for longer periods of time and have less contact with family and friends. In general, 30-35% of those experiencing homelessness, and up to 75% of women experiencing homelessness, have mental illnesses. 20-25% of people experiencing homelessness suffer from concurrent disorders (severe mental illness and addictions). People who have severe mental illnesses over-represent those experiencing homelessness, as they are often released from hospitals and jails without proper community supports in place.
Community-based mental health services play an important role. Homelessness could be drastically reduced if people with severe mental illness were able to access supportive services and housing as well as other necessary community supports. They encounter more barriers to employment and tend to be in poorer health than other people experiencing homelessness. Housing outreach services that provide a safe place to live are a vital component of stabilizing the illness and helping individuals on their journey to recovery.
We believe people who are in difficult circumstances and become successful have one thing in common…at a critical junction in their life they had a positive relationship with a caring person. You must be among them to show you care and gain their trust.
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