CoPilots for Consider The Homeless!
CONSIDER THE HOMELESS
About Consider The Homeless!
Consider the Homeless! is a local grassroots organization in Berkeley, CA that delivers food and survival supplies to unhoused Berkeley residents living on the street, in their car, or in an encampment. Unlike other services for the homeless, we do not require that people find their way to us. We go to them, and we meet them where they are...literally and figuratively.
We have two primary programs: 1) Our mobile soup kitchen feeds over 100 women and men each time we go out. We distribute hot, homemade soup with bread and survival supplies in the evening every Thursday and Sunday, rain or shine. 2) During the pandemic, we also provide grocery bags of non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods & drinking water to about 80 people twice a week.
Ready to make a difference? Become a Mobile Soup Kitchen Co-pilot!
Would you like to train with us to become one of our "co-pilots?" It takes two people to distribute soup, bread and survival supplies on Monday and Thursday evenings, so you would never be alone. You would begin as a co-pilot (not the driver), going out in the CTH van to bring soup & bread to people. You will be taught very specific guidelines about how to interact with people in the most respectful way possible. Fundamentally, we are showing people that they are valued and trying to establish a connection through a simple gift (the soup). Always, our priority is to respect the privacy of our sisters and brothers on the streets and everyone's safety during this pandemic. We do not try to learn "their story", nor do we ask them their name or other questions. Instead, we introduce ourselves and try to earn their trust through a friendly, respectful interaction. This is vital in order to be of help in future, and is the core of our philosophy at Consider The Homeless! We try to remember names by offering ours and use it when we can. Contact us to learn more at Volunteers@ConsiderTheHomeless.org
05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Mondays and Thursdays
NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
About CONSIDER THE HOMELESS
1349 HEARST AVE, BERKELEY, CA 94702, US
CONSIDER THE HOMELESS! A small yet dedicated group of neighbors and friends who seek to alleviate the suffering of Berkeley’s homeless, our brothers and sisters who are living and sleeping on the streets of our fair city. Our goal is to offer whatever help we can to those living on the streets - beginning with the basic need for food. We strive to warm their bellies and their hearts while offering what we have, with a simple greeting and a smile. There is no hidden agenda. We gain their trust as we respect their privacy and we always treat them with the utmost respect.
Since 2014, twice weekly, CONSIDER THE HOMELESS cooks & serves 9 gallons of hot, homemade, nutritious soup, enough for 100 people. We serve when most folks are settling in to where they will be spending the night. Along with the hot food we also keep an abundance of donated basic survival supplies.
Please help us to grow this grassroots effort to reach out to and help our less fortunate neighbors. Our vision for the future includes:
Develop a Team to Offer One-to-One Advocacy: A team of trained volunteers our Army of Advocates can offer one-to-one assistance to our homeless neighbors who ask for help. Matching up an advocate with a person asking for help will be a critical part of this activity. We see this helping to ease the load of case workers & expediting appropriate assistance for the homeless.
Volunteers will be required to complete an 8 hr course to identify untreated mental health problems, that offers practical suggestions on how to talk to homeless clients & how to de-escalate potentially difficult situations or, complete a workshop, written especially for CTH for those willing to work with the more seriously effected with emotional issues.
Maintain and Increase our Capacity Building the volunteer base, cooks, servers, etc needed for our weekly runs.