Giving money to a homeless person on the street can feel liked an emotional tug-of-war. You want to immediately alleviate their needs but you are also worried of perpetuating a painful cycle.
While panhandling is not illegal, giving them cash isn’t recommended as it doesn’t encourage long-term relief or connection to services that can set individuals up for permanent housing and other solutions. Instead, donate to a local service provider. Your generous gift will provide access to vital resources to help homeless individuals get back on their feet.
If you’d like to give directly to a homeless person, consider the following alternatives to cash donations. Ask what they need right now, such as personal care items or food, and see if you can immediately provide that.
Here are a few organizations that accept donations for homeless programs:
- Crisis House
Housing support for people challenged with homelessness.
- 1034 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
- East County Chamber Foundation & East County Homeless Task Force (ECHTF)
- 201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020
- (619) 442-0457
- Interfaith Shelter Network
- Salvation Army - East County Division
- 1011 E. Main St., El Cajon, CA 92020
- (619) 440-4683
- San Diego Food Bank
- (866) 350-FOOD (toll free call)
Giving of your time is just as valuable as giving money. One way to give back is to volunteer for the Annual homeless Count in San Diego County.
Click here to visit We All Count.