Many years ago, Jesse sat at The Doorway feeling defeated and disappointed as he told us his story of first becoming homeless. He explained how when he first landed at a shelter, hardly an adult, he stayed a whole week before a staff engaged in a conversation with him. Jesse is not alone in this experience. We have heard the stories of other young people who have had similar experiences where in moments of crisis they have felt their livelihood was entirely up to them. While we encourage young people to set their own goals and determine their path, no one must do this alone without a compassionate ear.
Our new Street Outreach Program strives to consider the fact we do not know how many days someone has been on the street. While we do not know their history or their current situation, we may be able to contribute to changing the trajectory of their day or even their life. We are committed to approaching every individual with the intention to check-in, listen and support them where they are at – directly on the streets. Out on the streets, just like at The Doorway, people have shared goals and are trying to get off the street. No person on the street should feel like their livelihood is entirely up to them, and we understand the long-term value of a conversation and a compassionate person. We also understand the need and value of having easy access to survival supplies when living on the street therefore one aspect of our program is providing hygiene items and food. In a short one-week period we can hand 50+ care packs, tons of fresh fruit and lots of cold water.
These conversations also increase awareness about The Doorway and grow the number of young people we see in our space in effort to provide them with an opportunity to build hope, confidence, and support toward a better future. You can help us in Making Change Possible both on the streets and at The Doorway by donating to our Street Outreach Program today. Donated dollars will be used to buy items such as fresh fruit, juice, water, granola bars, fruit cups and other nutritious snacks as well as deodorant, underwear, and other not commonly donated hygiene supplies.