COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESOURCES (GENERAL) *

Area agencies and contact information: This Community Outreach Resource includes information for a variety of Community Outreach areas and includes Emergency Shelter, Meals, Rehousing, Food Pantries, Weekend Backpack programs, Life Skills training, Medical care, and Psychological/Psychiatric care. *

COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESOURCES: HOMELESS *

The goal of homeless outreach is not to make homelessness more comfortable. Instead, it is t make homelessness rare and facilitate the return to stable housing for individuals and families.

You can learn more about government point-in-time counts, their importance in determining homeless services, and other governmental resources here: SAMHSA.GOV

Blog Posts:

Best Ways to Help the Homeless: Practical Tips: This article offers information about causes of homelessness and how to help. It includes information about personal hygiene packs. *

Homelessness in America: Up Close and Personal: A personal experience with homelessness in Los Angeles, CA and how to help with homelessness, regardless of location. *

How to:

Best Practices for Preparing Personal Hygiene Packs  This easy how-to includes links to purchase supplies at a reasonable cost and offers suggestions for engaging your community in the process.*

COMMUNITY OUTREACH RESOURCES: SCHOOL BACKPACK/SUPPLEMENTAL WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAMS *

School backpack programs provide supplemental weekend food for hunger-at-risk students. They also provide churches and other charitable organizations an opportunity to invest in the lives of students. In addition, these programs can result in positive changes in behavior and school performance for years to come.

We choose to serve Jesus and love others by working to decrease the risk of childhood hunger through supplemental weekend food programs. In addition, we hope to provide several hundred extra calories per day rather than reduce or replace parental responsibility. We want to be a hand UP rather than merely a handout. 

Unfortunately, students are not the only ones at risk of hunger. School staff, especially part-time workers earning minimum wage, may also experience life stressors resulting in an increased risk of hunger. In order to provide support for staff as well as students, we stock a “Snack Pantry” for both students and teachers. You can learn more here: Best Practices for Snack Pantries

Best Practices for Weekend Backpack Programs This article provides information on options for weekend food programs, the reasons for our service, foods to avoid, and foods to include. Not listed are “snack foods” such as sweet treats or chips. They may be included in moderation but the bulk of the food should offer more nutritional value if possible.* 

Best Practices for Snack Pantries This article provides information on goals, logistics, suggested food, and optional faith-based items to include in a school snack pantry. *

* The PDF information sheets are provided at no cost to you as a one-time download for personal use only. They are all copyrighted and may not be reproduced for distribution without the express approval of the author.

Leanna Hollis is a peer-to-peer funded missionary with Global Outreach International. If these resources are helpful, please consider a donation of any size to help cover the cost of providing these resources. Click here to DONATE

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