Giving Back this Holiday Season
On November 27, the world celebrated “Giving Tuesday,”a global day of giving to remind us what the holiday season is supposed to really be about. Often, it’s during the holiday season that people are most inspired to give back, volunteer, and make charitable donations.
For individuals living in homelessness, every day can be a struggle as they seek to find shelter, their next meal, health care, clothing,and support on their journey out of homelessness. Each day, over 6,300 men and women throughout Massachusetts seek assistance at a night shelter.
During the winter months, this struggle is exacerbated by cold temperatures and harsh weather. While most of us are preparing for the holidays, buying gifts, and planning our family gatherings, those living in homelessness are preparing for the winter and the difficulty that comes with the cold ahead.
The Coalition for Homeless Individuals(CHI) is comprised of 40 programs across Massachusetts, a group that ensures the most vulnerable among us receive the services and case management to successfully rebuild their lives. These providers offer an array of services including: permanent housing, workforce development training, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and medical care. While they are working to support individuals in need, they are relying on their community to support them in their mission.
Many people may wonder where they can contribute – what cause deserves their attention, what organization is doing work they believe in, or where they can make the most difference. If you are looking for ways to get involved this holiday season – or all year round – these organizations supporting homeless individuals could use your help, whether it is through clothing donations, monetary donations, or volunteering your time.