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California's 2023 flooding, and the homelessness and unhoused crisis have both had devastating effects on our communities, particularly for young children and families who are struggling to survive. It is heartbreaking that so many individuals are faced with such immense suffering simply because they do not have access to basic resources such as food and shelter. This should never be the case in any society. We must recognize that for those in authority, this is merely a game to them, and we are just their pawns.
As Californians, let us take immediate action to make a real impact on the lives of many.
We can come together as a community and put an end to the stigma associated with homelessness by recognizing that no one really chooses to be homeless. It is often the result of one's mental health, trauma, systemic oppression, poverty, domestic violence, and other factors beyond their control. This understanding should motivate us even further to find solutions that will ensure those who are most vulnerable have access to the resources they need to survive.
One way we can do this is by coming together as individuals and organizations to develop innovative systems that allocate resources more effectively while also providing alternative housing options, such as transitional shelters or supportive housing models. Community-based programs, like job training opportunities, may also help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find pathways out of poverty.
Additionally, we can help create change on a personal level by volunteering our time to local organizations that are working towards providing aid and assistance to those in need. We should also strive to advocate for better policies, such as the repeal of discriminatory laws that prevent people without permanent housing from accessing basic services.
By taking these steps and fostering a sense of unity within our communities, we can work together to create meaningful change and show compassion toward those who are struggling amidst California's flooding and homelessness crisis. With collective action, it is possible to build an equitable society in which everyone has access to the resources they need for survival.
To sum up, what are some steps we should take to make an impact? Let's review:
Make a difference by donating your time to homeless shelters or organizations that provide life-saving services and resources.
Donate items such as toiletries, clothing, and food to these organizations, or individuals directly.
Sign petitions that will help shape laws to create a better future for those experiencing homelessness.
Embrace those who are homeless or managing financially difficult circumstances, emphasizing inclusivity and understanding; avoid shaming or blaming those affected by the crisis, but instead offer respect and empathy.
Speak out against policies or laws that are detrimental to the homeless population.
By taking decisive action, we have the power to create a real difference in the lives of those affected by California's flooding and homelessness crisis. It is up to us as individuals and collectively as a community to ensure that no one goes without the basic resources they need for survival. We can truly shift our society in a positive direction if we come together with compassion and understanding.
Let’s take this moment to show compassion and kindness towards our fellow Californians. We are all in this together! Let’s make it happen!
Join us and BeGetStay® Involvd® in championing the cause of preventing homelessness by raising awareness and advocating for this cause.
Kelli Smithgall, Co-Founder, Involvd®
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