When Mercedez came into the Rapid Rehousing Families program through The Kitchen, Inc., she was fighting a meth addiction. After almost a year with the addiction, while still in the program, she had her children removed from her home and became involved in rehab and drug court. For Mercedez, that was the incentive and support she needed to get completely off of drugs. She began working the program designed for her through the Division of Family Services and the court system to get her children back in the home. Also, during that time Mercedez got a part time job, and started school at OTC. By the end of her program, Mercedez was making enough money to pay her own rent without any assistance, while gaining custody of her kids again. Mercedez has since developed huge dreams to work in the same field as a social worker. She has been drug free for more than one year now, and her future appears bright and promising. Thank you for helping Mercedez become successful and a contributing member of society.
When it comes to donating the best food to feed homeless people, this can be a confusing process. Once you consider the conditions in which homeless people live, there are things that should be taken into account. In today’s blog, you will learn about different things to consider when donating food. Hydration Homeless people on the streets have very little access to water. It is very important that people stay hydrated, especially in the warm summer months. With this being said, try to avoid donating diuretics such as energy drinks, pop, coffee, and alcohol. Pop Top Cans All can donations are appreciated but pop top cans are more efficient. Many homeless people don’t have a can opener or the proper tools to open a can. By donating pop top cans, it provides easier access to open, while on the streets. Protein Donating protein is always a smart choice. Foods like peanut butter, canned chicken, nuts, canned stews, beef jerky, and vienna sausages are excellent protein choices. Protein not only holds the hunger over but is also a healthier option compared to sugars and starches. Donating can be confusing but it doesn’t have to be. While the hunger problem is huge, The Kitchen, Inc. is more hopeful than ever, and food donations will help get us there. Help provide nutrition that our community needs to thrive. For more information on donating food, visit The Kitchen, Inc.
According to a report done by Atlas of Giving, after a large year of donations in 2014, the outlook for 2019 is majorly decreasing. In fact, the amounts of donations nationwide are likely to decrease by 3.2%. Although there are many different reasons this could be happening, some possibilities include rising interest rates, decline in employment compensation, and unawareness. In today’s blog you will learn four positive effects of donating and giving to charity. Help Others in Need Although it seems simple, there will never be a perfect time to give. In our mind we must remember there are always people out there in major need of help. Whether the economy is in the toilet, or you yourself are suffering with financial troubles of your own, the reality of things is when you donate items and money; you are helping those who need it. Experience More Pleasure According to the National Institutes of Health, people chose to donate a small portion of money to a cause in need. They later found that they were provided with enjoyment and activated pleasure centers in their brain. Although this was a scientific experiment, it showed that simply donating money makes you feel good; this is something to benefit from. Bring More Meaning to others When you donate objects or money to charity, you are creating a wave of leadership. You create opportunities to meet new people, who believe in what you are doing, and in the end you are inspiring. If you’ve ever been in a bad place emotionally, whether it be personally or professionally, sometimes the simple act of donating to charity can be just the inspiration you need. Realize that Every Little Bit Helps Whether you donate 50 cents or $10,000, you are going to make a difference in someone’s life.…
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