There are many ways to help the homeless, beyond just throwing money at charities. Most homeless people do not choose to live this way – often caused by being widowed, divorced, ill or escaping abuse. It’s cold, dangerous, boring and most homeless people die age 47 (men) or 43 (women). Streetlink lets you contact authorities or hostels, if you concerned for a homeless person. Also see how to help dogs of homeless people.
Rather than just donating to charities, another idea is to simply swap where you shop, when needing to buy something. This water bottle to help homeless people is perfect for work or travel. Made from super-insulated stainless steel, it keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. Leakproof, do not put in dishwasher or microwave.
Pivot makes nice stainless steel earrings, providing part-time employment to people experiencing homelessness. All the jewellery appears vegan-friendly, check before purchase.
Change Please employs homeless people to become trained baristas, and also has its own coffee brand sold in stores. Other ways to help through your daily coffee are Billy Chip (used at cafes for homeless people to get a hot drink) and Suspended Coffees (pre-pay for a homeless person’s cup of coffee).
Flo offers organic cotton & bamboo pads and tampons (don’t use tampons or menstrual cups until at least 6 weeks after giving birth, speak to your midwife). Items are donated of homeless people, refugees & asylum seekers.
Emmaus is a nationwide network of charity shops selling furniture, white goods and bric-a-brac. The items are restored by homeless people, who get a job, home and income in return. The charity was founded by French Catholic priest Abbe Pierre (above in his youth) after he heard of a homeless baby frozen to death, and a woman found dead on the streets, clutching her eviction notice. He was awarded France’s highest honour, but refused it, saying he would not take medals from governments that treated homeless people as second-class citizens.