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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.