Bay Area Rescue Mission
2114 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
Phone: (510) 215-4555

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Eight Ways to Help the Homeless

1.Never give cash to a homeless person

Too often, well-intended gifts are converted to drugs or alcohol - even when the "hard luck" stories they tell are true. If the person is hungry, buy them a sandwich and a beverage.

2. Talk to the person with respect

Taking time to talk to a homeless person in a friendly, respectful manner can give them a wonderful sense of civility and dignity. And besides being just neighborly, it gives the person a weapon to fight the isolation, depression and paranoia that many homeless people face.

3. Recognize that homeless people (and their problems) are not all the same

The homeless are as diverse as the colors of a rainbow. The person you meet may be a battered women, an addicted veteran, someone who is lacking job skills ... the list goes on.

4. Share God's love whenever you can

If Jesus were walking the earth today, He would certainly spend time with the homeless. He would speak with them, heal them, and help them. Today, Jesus chooses to work through those who believe and follow Him.

5. Pray for the homeless

Exposure to the elements, dirt, occasional violence, and lack of purpose all drain years from a person's life. God can use your prayers, as well as the brutality and the futility of life on the street, to bring many of the broken to Himself.

6. Take precautions for your own safety

Some of the people living on the streets are criminals and fugitives running from the law. Always be prudent while talking with street people. Stay in areas where other people can see you. Don't take unnecessary chances.

7. Encourage the homeless to get help at the Bay Area Rescue Mission

The Bay Area Rescue Mission offers food and shelter to the hungry or homeless. We offer a long-term recovery program that deals with the root causes of homelessness. We also offer our "Coupon for Care" that can be given to homeless people which can then be exchanged at the Mission for a nutritious meal, warm and safe overnight lodging, and the option to join our recovery program.

8. Support the Bay Area Rescue Mission

The Bay Area Rescue Mission receives no federal, state, county or city funding. We are supported by caring individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations who see the value of sharing their resources with the less fortunate to change their lives for a brighter tomorrow.

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