Can you imagine...
Can you imagine what it would feel like to have no place to call home? Unfortunately, millions of American men, women and children know this feeling all too well.
When a person is homeless, simple things that many of us take for granted are beyond reach. Basic things - like something to eat and drink, a change of clothes, a warm scarf, a pillow to rest their head on at night, and basic personal care products. Even finding storage for what belongings they do have can be difficult, since they must be able to carry their things with them.
Who is homeless?
- Older adults (over 62)
- Families with young children
- Young men and women
Virtually very segment of society is affected!
The reasons are many - poverty, job loss, foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence, lack of health care and support services, lack of affordable housing, skyrocketing prices for everything from groceries to gasoline - and the list goes on. Each person has their own personal story to tell.
The numbers are astounding
Fact: One out of every 50 American children are homeless each year, according to a recent report by The National Center on Family Homelessness.
Fact: 224,000 California school children were homeless in 2007-2008, reports The California Department of Education.
Fact: Los Angeles County has more homeless people than any other metropolis in the country - over 90,000. Fewer than 20% of these people can be accommodated in shelter beds on any given night.
Fact: Experts estimate that an additional 1.5 million Americans may experience homelessness over the next two years due directly to effects of the current recession.
Through our CarePack program, Hope Mill, Inc. provides a message of hope and care to those who find themselves homeless.
Our backpacks, carefully filled with needed items such as food, water, clothing, toothbrushes, soap and much more, are distributed to homeless men, women and children on the streets and are also delivered to local missions and shelters in California where they are distributed to people in need. You can see what a typical back pack includes here.
NEW! July 2012 Revision of our
San Fernando Valley Street Sheet
available for free download.
This resource guide for the San Fernando Valley in Southern California contains information on available help or services for those who are homeless or in need, including meals, food pantries, clothing, showers, shelters, hotlines, and more. To download, click here.
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The need is so great!
One thing you can be sure of: Your gift, whether monetary, or a non-monetary gift-in-kind, will make a difference in someone's life!
You can help!
Help us sow a seed of hope!
Hope Mill, Inc.
16133 Ventura Blvd., Suite 650 • Encino • CA • 91436
818 • 201 • 9464