Street Outreach

Challenges:

  • Locally, homelessness is nearly invisible and therefore hard to address.
  • Every single school district in Bucks County serves homeless children.
  • For many years, the number of homeless people in our community stayed the same, despite many agencies working on the issue. This was, in part, due to a lack of coordination.

Solutions:

  • You provide coordinated “street outreach” for some of the most vulnerable people in our community – those living outside or in their car.
  • You help people go from literally homeless to a permanent home.
  • You ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Mary: 

It was a damp, chilly morning late last spring. Allen, the Street Outreach worker, got a call. The manager of a motel in Quakertown in Upper Bucks was worried. An older woman had spent the night sleeping outside in a plastic chair. She looked like she was in bad shape. 

Allen rushed to meet her. When he found Mary, she was extremely underweight. She was dirty from sleeping outside. She had severe dental issues. She was incontinent from time spent in a diabetic coma.

She needed help. Badly.

Allen and one of his colleagues fed and comforted the woman. Allen worked the phones and found Mary a place in the shelter. He drove her to the shelter, treating her with compassion, respect, and dignity as they spent that hour together. 

Today she is getting the help and care she needs. She is like a different person. Thanks to you!