BENEFITING: PUBLIC ACTION TO DELIVER SHELTER INC
“All I had thought about before coming to Hesed House was how are we were going to make it through today; where are we going to sleep tonight, and what are we going to eat? You just can’t give up - even when you want to, you can’t quit. You have to realize that things are going to change for the better, and Hesed House has been the reason for that change in my family’s life.” After leaving an abusive relationship and living in her car for several months, Star, a mother of four, found herself at Hesed House late last year. “It’s a good place to be. Once you get there and meet the staff and volunteers, you learn that they genuinely want to help.” While working part-time, Star is also studying for her GED and is currently looking for apartments close to her childrens’ schools. By raising funds for Star and her family - and hundreds more like her every single day - we give her and her family a chance to gain the stability and independence she’s been working so hard for. With a new homeless person arriving at Hesed House’s door every 8.5 hours, having the financial wherewithal to welcome and minister to them becomes increasingly difficult. It takes an average of $1,188 in private donations to help a single homeless person go from the worst day of their lives (the day of becoming homeless) to the best day of their lives (the day of moving back into housing). Since 1983, Hesed House has served as a national model for not only sheltering and caring for the most marginalized individuals and families in our communities, but, more importantly, developing programs that provide the skills and services to transition them back into homes. That successful model includes multiple collaborations with other social service agencies whose experts work on-site at Hesed House under one roof. These collaborations more efficiently address the issues that are tying an individual to homelessness and aggressively develop and implement a plan to overcome those barriers. It’s time to take action and end homelessness for good.