“We envision a community that recognizes the inherent dignity of those who live in poverty and homelessness”
My brother was homeless a few different times in his life. Our family will forever be grateful to the Road Home for helping keep him alive during a period in his life where we (his family) were trying out that whole “tough love” thing with an addict.
The Road Home saves lives. And I’m not being dramatic. It saved my brothers life on more than one occasion. And though he may not have a lot of nice things to say about his experience there (which is understandable) I personally am thankful he had a warm place to stay when I was unable to provide him with one. One of the hardest experiences of my life.
Whenever I go outside in Utah winters, I always think of homeless people.
Over the past 3 years, there has been a 300% increase in families needing help from the Road home.
Right now there are close to 1000 people being assisted by the Road Home. And that’s just the people who go there to stay. There are many homeless people who find other solutions.
I know there is a lot of judgement attached to a homeless person. But the truth is, it could be any of us. If you didn’t have family to help you out, and you lost your job and couldn’t find another one (which is a reality), where would you go? What would you do?
OR (and this seems to be the bigger issue) if there is a mental health issue and no insurance for treatment. A HUGE problem in our society which I have witnessed first hand when trying to find resources for my brother. Which often leads to self-medicating (thus the rampant problem of drugs and alcohol among homeless people).
There are a lot of good people at the homeless shelter. There are a lot of KIDS at the homeless shelter. Victims of consequences that came from choices that weren’t their choices.
So when I have a chance to give, or donate, I always choose the Road Home. And I’m hoping to be able to get more involved as a volunteer as my kids get older.
A few years ago, not long after my brother had stayed there, my family did a clothing drive for the Road Home in an effort to give back to them.
We posted something on Facebook to family and friends. That was it. My front room was overtaken by donations.
First we filled up a trailer. We ended up needing to rent a UHaul to get all of the donations down to the Homeless shelter.
Every time I came home from errands, my porch would be filled with donations. Turns out I know a lot of amazingly generous people!
The truth is, most people want to give. And many of us have the resources to give. We just need to know WHERE to give.
If you are interested in learning more about the Road Home, please visit their website. There are a lot of great opportunities for giving.
**You can donate money. It only takes $9 to shelter one person for one night. You can do a one time donation (for any amount) or you can have money deducted monthly.
**You can donate “in-kind” things. On the website, they list what the urgent needs currently are. Right now this is the list: