Can you imagine what it would be like not to have clean socks, underwear, or a shirt? It seems like most people have items in their closets that have not been taken off the hanger for months or longer.
Precious Life not only houses pregnant women the day they call, we provide all immediate necessities for the women and babies-to-be for their entire stay. Our ability to do this is enhanced as we have operated a Thrift and Gift Store for the past 25 years. Our residents are able to get what they need immediately and excess items are sold to help support them while residing at the shelter as they prepare to deliver their child, go into the job market, and move toward permanent housing.
Providing immediate necessities for the homeless includes clothing them, which gives dignity. Women coming to the shelter often have only the clothes they are wearing, so items donated in “good” condition allow providers to offer clients the needed clothing, which can help as they look for employment and begin an adventure for a new life. A woman might have other children and, as she reunifies with them, she will need clothing for the entire family. These women receive the gently used or new items to provide for their families' needs and save their earnings for other demands required to live on their own at a future time.
So as you think about ways you might help during Homelessness Awareness Month, cleaning out cupboards and closets might be a practical way to offer assistance. Making a donation for new socks and underwear may be a way to help. Your time, talent, and treasure are the items needed by those looking to find assistance in Orange County 365 days a year. Dignity can be a new clothing item, a job found, and a life saved.
Give the gift of dignity by cleaning out your closets today! Donations can be made to places like Precious Life Thrift and Gift located at 3622 Florista, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 or call 562-430-7309. Volunteers welcomed. Open Monday thru Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
HomeAid has been ending homelessness with Precious Life Shelter since 1992, through the development of five homes that have added 77 beds for homeless pregnant women and their babies. HomeAid and Precious Life Shelter are currently in development of a new home that will serve women and their children. Precious Life programs are also recipients of the HomeAid Essentials campaign and other HomeAid Community Outreach activities.