Being the Change By Bethany Yeung

Homelessness can be a product of many situations. Some of the top causes for homelessness include poverty, substance/drug abuse, job loss, mental illness, natural disasters, family issues, post-traumatic stress, and domestic violence. In 2018, California was ranked to be one of the states with the highest cost of living. With the lack of affordable housing, many families and children found themselves to be homeless. 

There are many ways to help the homeless and there are many organizations dedicated to combating homelessness with the essential goal of ending it as a whole. Some ways to help the homeless are care kits, volunteering at soup kitchens, and holding sock drives. Good things to put in care kits are hygiene products, socks, water, and non-perishable snacks like granola bars and crackers. Also, volunteering at soup kitchens helps move the lines along faster and allows the kitchen to serve more people. There are scientific benefits to volunteering and helping people which should just give someone more of a reason to try and lend a hand. In addition, homeless shelters have reported that socks are always the first thing people ask for and are the most needed items. They are always on their feet and a fresh pair of socks always helps. Socks also help prevent getting sick from disease or cold. 

There are multiple organizations that are there to assist those who need it most, and you are able to provide many resources to be a part of that aid as well. Be sure to do what you can to help those that may be less fortunate than you. As Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Triveni Patel