Finding Your Way to Help the Hungry and Homeless

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Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

I "met" Philip Raices on ActiveRain today when I read his post about the plight of homeless veterans.

The magnitude of the homeless and hungry in our country is stunning. Groups here in San Francisco, and elsewhere, are working to find solutions, but it's slow going.

Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem, we can each find our own small ways to help. A few little things I focus on include:

  • serving breakfast to the homeless and hungry twice a month. Glide is one of the big groups;  3 meals a day are served 364 days a year. Breakfast is served to over 600 people daily. (Photo: breakfast crew at Glide, ready to serve diners.)
  • being a sponsor and participating in Miracle Messages, distributing care packages and trying to connect folks on the street with loved ones.
  • Working with and supporting Compass Family Services, especially through their Adopt-a-Family program.

It's hard not to feel overwhelmed, but we should never give up.Quotation by Churchill, Never Give Up.

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Sharon Lee
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Lottie, I remember when I volunteered at a non-profit organization just how many vets were homeless.  It is sad that in supposedly the richest country in the world has so many homeless and hungry people.  If everybody does a little then maybe we can change this. 

Jan 27, 2020 11:57 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Will Hamm and Sharon Lee - we all need to do our own bit, large or small, to help change the situation. Keep the faith!

Jan 27, 2020 01:48 PM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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Bob Crane - I remember reading of your wonderful, caring work with the Franciscans Downtown and the warming shelter. You set a great example. 

The lack of compassion with today's top leaders appalls me; happily I hadn't seen it here. Working at Glide serving meals has made me even more aware than before that we are all family and neighbors. 

Jan 27, 2020 01:53 PM #13
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Lottie we also have homeless people here in CT, but I could not imagine having to face the homeless situation San Francisco, and other major cities are facing.  It has to feel overwhelming.

Jan 27, 2020 02:31 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall
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The need is so great George Souto , that it does feel overwhelming. BUT--we can't simply toss up our hands in despair; we must try in our own small ways to make it better. 

Jan 27, 2020 03:01 PM #15
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OMG, I love the way you think, Lottie and like you, I truly believe that we are one but, by golly, we can clean up our little corner of the world...and cheer others on to doing the same thing. There is SUCH a huge need right now - every little bit we can do DOES make a difference.

Jan 27, 2020 10:08 PM #16
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Brian England
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Helping those that are in need should be what life is about.  I volunteer at a place where we hand out food boxes to the working poor and I have seen that these people use it to provide for their families since they don't have the income to satisfy all of their financial needs.  This place also provides a free dinner each and every evening to anyone that needs it.

Jan 28, 2020 06:12 AM #17
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS - Helen Keller has a quote which I love and have posted on my bulletin board: "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but is is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." 

Our small tasks are important, and while not glamorous or grand, and make a difference, especially when many join in the effort.

Jan 28, 2020 01:17 PM #18
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Lottie Kendall
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Brian England - you have found a marvelous way to give back to your community. Many working poor find their way to Glide for meals - it often comes down to paying rent or buying food. I'm so glad Glide, St. Anthony's Dining Hall, Project Open Hand and other groups help ease that decision.

Jan 28, 2020 01:19 PM #19
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Hello Lottie - you make a good point about the need to overcome those feelings of being/becoming overwhelmed.  It's obviously not the only thing but an important factor.  A positive attitude is one of those first steps.  

Jan 28, 2020 04:29 PM #20
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Joe Pryor
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I am so proud of Oklahoma City, we just recently voted to spend $38 million on housing for the homeless.

Jan 28, 2020 04:50 PM #21
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Michael Jacobs - staying positive is important when faced with the magnitude of the homeless/hungry problem. I've found from serving breakfasts I'm much more comfortable now than before in talking with some of our street people.

Jan 28, 2020 04:53 PM #22
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Maria Gilda Racelis
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Oh Lottie, with all the tragedies and calamities going on around us on top of our own personal existence, it can really get oeverwhelming. Taking one day at a time is all we can do to alleviate the tension. 

The plight of the homeless is saddening. Kudos to all of you who extend their time helping these people out.

Jan 29, 2020 05:05 AM #23
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We can all find a way to help. Here there is also an outlet for contributing household items which we encourage our clients to do when they move and we have done as well.

Jan 29, 2020 05:37 AM #24
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Maria Gilda Racelis - We mustn't toss in the towel and accept that huge numbers of our neighbors are hungry or homeless. We need to try to alleviate some of the pain and suffering.

Jan 29, 2020 06:39 AM #25
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson - you've found a great way to help the less fortunate in your area. I like that you encourage your clients to make a difference, too.

Jan 29, 2020 06:40 AM #26
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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The Vets organization here is appreciative of the household items and are great about picking up the big ones when people are downsizing Lottie Kendall ...it's a win win !

Jan 29, 2020 06:46 AM #27
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Lottie Kendall
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I always look for the win-win, Sally K. & David L. Hanson - makes life good!

Jan 29, 2020 06:48 AM #28
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Roy Kelley
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All of us need to support programs to assist the homeless in our communities.

Jan 29, 2020 02:44 PM #29
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Lottie Kendall
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Indeed Roy Kelley . As John Heywood says, "many hands make light work."

Jan 29, 2020 06:47 PM #30
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