Facts on Homelessness
- In 2014, a one day count found 891 persons were homeless in Montgomery County.
- Out of 891 individuals that were homeless, 188 were children. Can you imagine not having your own warm bed to sleep in at
- Homeless kids have grown-ups who love and take care of them,
but it’s still very hard for them. They can’t do a
lot of the things you do in your home every day; like having
friends over to play, watching TV, using the computer, or eating
meals with your family.
- Some homeless individuals have jobs. In Montgomery County, over 50% of all homeless adults with chidlren work, but don’t have
enough money to afford a place to live.
- Not all homeless persons wear ripped, dirty clothes and stand
on the street corner asking for money. You can’t always
tell whether someone is homeless just by looking at them.
- Why are people homeless? One problem is that people don’t
make enough money to afford a place to live. Another problem is
that housing costs are too much for people who don’t make a
lot of money.
How Can You Help?
There are lots of ways that kids can help homeless people. With
your family, school or youth group, you can:
- Organize food and clothing drives.
- Raise money to donate to shelters like ours.
- Tell other people about the problem of homelessness - - that’s
called “raising awareness”.
- Write letters to politicians telling them that you think homelessness
is a big problem, and asking them to change or pass laws to help
- Do volunteer activities for our organization. Click here to see some of our volunteer needs, and to contact someone on
our staff about helping.
- MCCH Community Walk Program Join with your family and friends and hold a Community Walk. You can help raise money to toward supporting ending and preventing homelessness while having fun doing so!
A Year of Activities!
Here are some suggestions
for volunteer projects that your family, school, or civic group
can do throughout the year. If you are interested in doing a volunteer project, please contact Teri Brenits at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-917-6660. If you are interested in preparing meals for our men's shelter, please contact Naira Hirz at email@example.com or 301-917-6658.
Suggestions for a Year of Activities
||Have a gloves, hats and scarves drive
||Make Valentine’s day cards and cookies
||Make bagged lunches for the men’s emergency shelter on Gude Drive
||Buy and/or plant flowers at one of our program sites
||Collect toiletries for our men's shelter
||Host an ice cream party or our men's shelter
||Collect school supplies for family program
||Host a barbeque at our men's shelter
||Hold a Help the Homeless Community Walk at your school, congregation or with your troop
||Organize a new winter coat/shoe drive (men, women and children)
|| Adopt a shelter for the holidays - prepare gifts or fill clients' wish list by holding a collection drive.
||Organize, prepare and serve a hot holiday meal