Can you imagine what it would be like not to have clean socks, underwear or a clean 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 their immediate necessities for the woman and baby-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 in residence 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. Often someone coming to the shelter has only the clothes they are wearing so items donated in “good” condition allows providers to offer clients the needed clothing so they can prepare to look for employment and begin an adventure for a new life. Often a woman might have other children and as she reunifies with them she will need clothing for the entire family. We see that they receive those gently used or new items to provide for their needs and save their earnings for the demands they may have in order to live on their own at a future time.
So as you think about ways you might help during Homelessness Awareness Month, maybe cleaning out cupboards and closets might be a “practical” way to offer assistance. Maybe making a donation for new socks and underwear might 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 M-F 10am-4pm, Sat. 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 pre-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.
Providing immediate necessities for the homeless includes clothing them which gives dignity. Dignity can be a new clothing item, a job found and a life saved!