A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT
Here are a few things you can do to help if you encounter someone in need.
Understanding how homelessness happens: Homelessness can happen to anyone. From job loss to a change in one’s family situation such as death or divorce, one’s ability to sustain housing is largely dependent on a number of factors: support system, financial stability, and health. An average of 250 people in the Saratoga-North Country and 92,000 in NYS experience homelessness on any given night.
Be Part of the Solution: Providing direct financial assistance to someone you encounter on the streets is not encouraged. If you’re approached and asked for money you can help by offering to purchase a sandwich or cup of coffee. You can also offer to connect that person with area resources to assist with food, housing or healthcare. VISIT: 211neny.org
Be Friendly: When you meet someone on the streets, one of the best things you can do is offer a compassionate ear. Ask questions, offer a cup of coffee or sandwich. Sometimes a simple conversation can change a person’s day.
Donate or Volunteer: Donating money, goods or your time helps us connect people with the care they need in a therapeutic setting and sets people up for long-term success.