In this unprecedented time of peril I am writing to you with an urgent request for funds so that we can keep doing the vital work down in the trenches helping our un-housed neighbors.
The COVID-19 virus has now infected over ONE MILLION Americans with close to 80,000 deaths and shows no sign of slowing down. We all know these numbers change daily and are most like grossly UNDER estimated.
As I am sure you understand, the large number of people living on our streets during this pandemic has the potential to not only be a part of this public health disaster, but is already one of the most "compromised groups."
Crowded homeless encampments, scarce soap and water and proper sanitation, make social distancing and even simple hand washing nearly impossible. Food scarcity further threatens their immune systems as they look through dumpsters for whatever markets may be discarding.
Time is running out. Once the virus is introduced into the homeless population it could rip through them with devastating speed and mortality. Furthermore, as the homeless are unable to isolate themselves and “shelter in place” like their housed neighbors, the virus could rapidly spread into the general community, creating even more hatred and fear of anyone not being able to have an actual room to live in!
Thanks to the generosity and selflessness of our volunteers, Consider The Homeless! (CTH!) amazingly continues to do the soup and supply runs every Thursday and Sunday night in Berkeley, serving over 120 folks each night! In addition, we have begun a new project, Consider The Homeless! Still CARES
CTH brings 150 bags of non-perishable groceries, water and sanitation products to the homeless population twice a week. We do this to not only help them with food, but to witness and help in as many ways we can.
As you can imagine finding, buying, and assembling over 100+ care packages twice a week requires many selfless volunteers and enormous amounts of time and energy, especially now that many stores are having difficulty restocking shelves due to panic buying. It also requires readily accessible funds.
We have been able to deliver these lifesaving supplies every Monday and Friday for almost 2 months, at a now, unmanageable financial cost of $1500/week! Without any IMMEDIATE HELP, we will minimally need to cut this operation in half, or worse…
Which brings me to the question “How Can You Help?”
We are in desperate need of funds so that we can continue this vital effort.
HELP AS YOU CAN AND PLEASE SHARE WIDELY