How do you respond when a beggar approaches your vehicle and asks for help? Below are a couple recommendations, based on hundreds of encounters with people facing homelessness.
Keep it Simple
Show them respect, speak with kindness, and give something useful. This works no matter where you live.
Prepare in Advance
Assemble any combination of the items below in a gallon-sized zipper bag. Keep a couple handy in your vehicle.
Foot Powder (small container)
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Non-perishable snacks like crackers and nuts
Hand sanitizer (alcohol-free)
A hand-written note of encouragement
Also consider: Nail clippers, encouraging literature, a comb or brush, soap, washcloth, shampoo, toilet paper
…and one more thing (see below)
Again, engage them with empathy and courtesy. Ask their name, and use it back when speaking to them. Make eye contact (remove your sunglasses). Treat them like a human going through hardship. “What you are facing must be really hard. Here are a few things to help.”
About the “One More Thing”
The final item on the list above is a Pursuit Pack from Speak Up.
Each simple kit contains resources that equip someone facing homeless with a chance to earn immediate money and start developing sustainable recurring income.
Right now we are fundraising to create another fifty Pursuit Packs. Once the $5,000 campaign is complete, they’ll be publicly available.
Funding Campaign Update
During the last week, over $1,200 has been donated across the four campaigns.
Please click one of the links above to contribute.