March 29, 2013

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How YOU can give hope for our families.

1. Volunteer: volunteering your time is the best way to learn about homelessness and meet some incredible people! Think about what you do best and how you can share that with our families- is it organizing, talking, parenting(just to name a few things)

2.Advocate: advocacy is so critical to creating the systems change that we need to end homelessness.Advocacy means learning and understanding and talking to people that make decisions regarding services and supports.

3.Contribute: In kind services such as copying, printing, transportation, computer equipment, building materials or cleaning Supplies. Provide job opportunities by encouraging your company, school or place of worship to hire people experiencing homelessness. Most unemployed homeless adults desparately want to work, but need someone to give them a chance. Support a homeless family move out of a shelter, provide support for a homeless familiy such as babysitting or moral support. Raise funds for our program and attend fundraising and educational events.

Most importantly please don’t look away from a homeless family, smiling or  making eye contact can reaffirm the humanity of a person when life and situations seem to have stripped it away.

Contact me at 218-751-0722 Ext 2 to talk about ways to give hope to families.

Sandy

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March 28, 2013

ImageI am often asked “why do families become homeless?” Family homelessness is caused by a combination of lack of affordable housing, the changing demographics of families, domestic violence, and or  fractured social supports.  Housing costs often outpace wages. Actually, a full time employee earning minimum wage cannot afford even a one bedroom at the Fair Market Rent anywhere in the United States! Nationally, a full time employee must earn 18.32 dollars an hour to afford a two bedroom. Many head of households do not have a high school diploma or GED, therefore their earning potential is very limited. The vast majority of homeless parents what to work but barriers such as transportation, education or life skills prevent them from successfully achieving gainful employement.  Many homeless adults were homless as children.

The second question people ask is “how can I help?” The most important way that you can help is by understanding and getting to know families who are experiencing homelessness. The second most important thing you can do is volunteer to mentor families and support them to achieve their goals and dreams. The last thing is to support a homeless shelter with your money. Emergency Shelters are on the front lines in breaking the cycle of homelessness.

March 27, 2013

Image Village of Hope serves children and their families who are experiecning homelessness. They myth that the average homeless person is an alcoholic older man just ins’t the case. More families than ever before are facing homelessness. Village of Hope assisted 35 families break the cycle of homelessness and find safe housing  last year.

March 26, 2013

Join us on June 15th at Bemidji Town and County Club for our  Chairs for Chairity Dinner Gala and Auction. To purchase tickets or provide a unique chair for auction please contact Sandy Hennum at 218-751-0722