Learn More & Make a Difference
Learn More About the Issue of Homelessness
- “One of the reasons I joined the swim team was because we had morning practices, so it gave me a reason to get to school early, so I could take a shower.” Listen to Poppi Handy’s story and others on Finding our Way: Puget Sound Stories of Family Homelessness.
- See local resident Liz Allen’s account of how she and her family lost their home one New Year’s Eve at Home: Lost and Found.
- Watch one dad’s experience of coming out of homelessness in this short animated film from the Seattle University Film and Family Homelessness Project.
- Check out the National Alliance to End Homelessness website.
- Learn what’s happening here in King County via All Home King County.
- See what the community said about homelessness in the Redmond Community Task Force on Homelessness.
- Experience what it might be like to try to make ends meet and avoid homelessness in this poverty simulator.
- Talk with people who are homeless to learn about their experiences by visiting Camp Unity Eastside, Open Kitchen, or one of our Eastside homeless shelters (PDF).
Help Bring Awareness to Your Friends and Neighbors About the Issue
- Retweet or post stories from All Home on Twitter.
- Like and share posts from the All Home Facebook page.
- Download and play the Homelessness System Simulation Game.
- Host a screening in your home of a movie dealing with homelessness (PDF) and talk about it.
- Attend or organize a poverty simulation workshop with your faith or community group.
- Host a community conversation with your neighborhood, homeowner association, or other group or 10 or more. Request a guest speaker to come and present to your group.
Make a Difference on Your Own
- Smile and say hello to someone who may be homeless.
- Support low-income and homeless newspaper sellers by buying a copy of Real Change from an authorized vendor. You can also download their mobile app.
- Instead of giving cash to someone on the street, offer them resources instead - Community Resource Card (PDF) and some food, warm socks or a care kit (PDF).
- Email Rex Hohlbein to create a Facebook page like his Facing Homelessness.
- Join the Camp Unity Eastside board.
- Take a moment to think about what you are passionate about and what skills you possess. Recently, we’ve seen technology professionals develop phone applications; and people experiencing homelessness themselves providing companionship and resources to others in need. Email our staff with your creative ideas for ensuring all people have a home.
- Consider becoming a foster parent to a homeless youth. If you can't commit to full-time fostering, you can become a respite foster parent and help when full-time foster parents need a weekend off.
Join Together with Your Friends
- Organize supply drives for needed items like socks, hats, coats and gloves.
- Sign up to help with a Pantry Pack packing party or find out other ways you can be involved.
- Sign up to provide a meal or meals at a homeless shelter or day center - Congregations for the Homeless (men), The Sophia Way (women), Friends of Youth (youth), Catholic Community Services (families).
- Use social media to share stories and encourage others to get involved.
- Host a fundraising event to extend the time the Winter Shelters are open.