We are building up our community by helping others through giving. There are many reasons that people find themselves temporarily houseless, a lot of which are beyond their control. It is not our job to judge those individuals, but to uplift them and show some compassion for your fellow man. Regardless of the situation if you are hungry, we are going to feed you and bring you basic supplies!
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a blessing bag, this is just a simple way to be a blessing to those you come across who might be in need. A blessing bag is a small assortment of basic toiletries and snacks in a Ziplock bag. Some examples of what you could put in a Blessing Bag are chapstick, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb, soap, small bottle of shampoo and conditioner, packet of razors, sanitary pads or tampons, trail mix, granola bars, crackers, pack of gum, band aids, mouthwash, hand wipes, deodorant, lotion, shirt and socks to name a few.
We know how expensive providing for a baby can be, so we want to help reduce that stress and the risk of child abuse by providing Baby Bags. Baby Bags come filled various items like diapers and wipes, formula and baby food, baby shampoo and lotion, diaper rash cream and baby medicine. Items vary depending on what is available at the time of service.
We do not promote sexual encounters, especially for our youth; however, we do encourage safety. For this reason, we put together a bag with condoms, a pregnancy test, the morning after pill, and lubrication. We believe that by offering these products we can help keep our young women a little safer and healthier.
Non-violent offenders and people with little or no criminal history are typically selected as candidates for court ordered community service. We believe in rehabilitation and second chances, so we offer individuals the option of serving their hours helping Voices of Our Youth. We will then write a letter on behalf of the individual that states the hours completed.
Friends, family and neighbors are important social contacts. They may regularly check in with loved ones to see how they're doing. When a loved one fails to respond, we can be called in to conduct a wellness check. For instance, if a nephew who lives out of town has been trying to reach his elderly aunt for the last several days, but she does not answer the phone, the nephew may call us to perform a wellness check at his aunt's house. We will go out and assess if professional interventions are needed and report back to the nephew. We also document our findings and keep the information on file.