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Facts on Homelessness

  • In 2012, a one day count found 981 persons were homeless in Montgomery County.
  • Out of 981 individuals that were homeless, 229 were children. Can you imagine not having your own warm bed to sleep in at night?
  • The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old.
  • 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, almost 1/3 of all homeless adults work, but still don’t have enough money for 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 homeless people.
  • Do volunteer activities for our organization. Click here to see some of our volunteer needs, and to contact someone on our staff about helping.

  • Help the Homeless Each year, Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless (HTH) Program raises funds to support organizations, including MCCH, that are working towards ending homelessness. You can take part in the program by holding a Community Walk with your family and friends or participate in a Community Walk that may be held at your school, congregation, or group event! All registration fees go directly to help support our programs. Click here for more information on Help the Homeless.

  • Shelter Walk 'n Roll, our annual walkathon held on the first Sunday in May is another great way to help raise awareness and money for the homeless in Montgomery County. You can walk with your family, or organize a group of walkers from your school or youth group. At Shelter Walk, we have music and family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. Click here for more information on Shelter Walk 'n Roll.

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 teri@mcch.net or 301-917-6660. If you are interested in preparing meals for our men's shelter, please contact Naira Mardukhayeva at naira@mcch.net or 301-917-6658.

Suggestions for a Year of Activities

JANUARY:  Have a gloves, hats and scarves drive
FEBRUARY: Make Valentine’s day cards and cookies
MARCH:  Make bagged lunches for the men’s emergency shelter on Gude Drive
APRIL:  Buy and/or plant flowers at one of our program sites
MAY: Collect toiletries for our men's shelter
JUNE: Host an ice cream party or our men's shelter
JULY:  Collect school supplies for family program
AUGUST:  Host a barbeque at our men's shelter
SEPTEMBER: Hold a Help the Homeless Community Walk at your school, congregation or with your troop
OCTOBER: Organize a new winter coat/shoe drive (men, women and children)
NOVEMBER: Adopt a shelter for the holidays - prepare gifts or fill clients' wish list by holding a collection drive.
DECEMBER: Organize, prepare and serve a hot holiday meal






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