There's a place on State Street where young homeless people can go and find lunch and hope.
They provide classes, training, one on one guidance, clothes for interviews, food, and opportunities.
Volunteers of America runs the place.
It's on 655 South State Street.
They are working to help homeless youth--people who often blend in--to find a way out.
If you have time or money and you're looking for some way to help with the homeless crisis, please consider their efforts.
They are now raising money to build a 30 bed youth shelter.
They are just finishing a home with 14 beds to help the youth transition from the street to their own homes.
I'm so impressed with the work that they're doing.
If you would like more information, visit http://www.voaut.org/Services/Homeless-Outreach--Housing-Programs/Homeless-Youth-Resource-Center
Instead of giving to panhandlers, give to this or any of the other resources available to the homeless.
Instead of giving your change to panhandlers who may or may not be homeless or who are part of syndicates who often have to give their money to higher ups who use them to collect money--consider this alternative: Keep bottles of water on hand and share information about nearby resources where they can turn for help. Instead of pocket change, offer refreshment and education.
If you would like to donate your resources, the shelters are in need of food right now. These organizations are always in need of volunteers. And of course, whatever money you can give will go a long way.