Mission for the Homeless, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, distributes blankets, food and clothing to the homeless seven nights a week in Oakland, California visiting approximately eighty homeless people every night.
Plight of the homelessThe plight of the homeless in Oakland is becoming more evident as the economy has made it more difficult for those “fallen through the cracks”. Often stereotyped as annoying, categorized as worthless, the homeless easily become objects of neglect and abuse. If family, society and church remain uninterested and unconvinced as to the inherent dignity of these people, we continue to recognize them without judgment or condemnation. The question that remains is how to address these issues.
What does it take to improve a life? Many lack
money, housing, food and personal assistance. Very few programs exist in
Oakland, and there are obstacles in accessing them. Since January of
1999, our outreach has been an ear to homeless people, treating them as
individuals and gaining their trust. This makes the person feel that
there is someone in the world that cares about them and values them as
Nightly contact since January 1999
We visit homeless people on the street on a one to one basis. We know of no other shelter or homeless service in Oakland that attempts this type of outreach. The focus has always been providing basic necessities like food, blankets and warm clothing. One of our inspirations was a local organization called Food Not Bombs, http://ebfnb.org/, which provides a hearty hot meal, like lentils, served daily in People’s Park area of Berkeley. We ask local Oakland businesses and their patrons for donations; sometimes bakeries donate bread, and people have contributed clothing and blankets, sometimes even small bowls of food. We pack-up the food, clothing and blankets and make them available that night.
last modified: November 19, 2013