By offering the best resources in our community to the people who need them the most, we provide our guests with the hope and the tools they need to break the cycle of homelessness and do miraculous things with their lives.
The Center for the Homeless is not a homeless shelter. While we have provided more than 700,000 safe nights and over 1.5 million meals to more than 25,000 men, women and children since our opening in December 1988, our focus is on providing not just life-saving, but life-changing services to each of our guests.
Our innovative service model offers homeless families and individuals an on-site structured, step-by-step process to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. This revolutionary program relies on partnerships with every sector of the community and has been endorsed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Everything that goes on in the Center serves to further our mission, which is threefold:
1. Break the cycle of homelessness. 2. Bring together disparate groups so that each can discover the worth, dignity and potential of the other. 3. Pioneer a service model worthy of replication.
This mission unites all members of the Center community in a common endeavor. Because of the depth and severity of the condition of homelessness, no less than a focused and concerted effort can bring lasting change into the lives of our guests.
Volunteers from the community are the lifeblood of the Center - they outnumber our paid staff members 10 to 1, putting in an average total of 60,000 hours annually.
Interested in getting involved at the Center on a regular basis? We have a wide range of volunteer placements and we ask that everyone attend an orientation and training session held here. During that time we'll go over the scope of services we offer, the mechanics of our programs, and the available placements we have.
We need the most help right now tutoring adults, working with children, and spending time at the front desk.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the Holiday Season here at the Center a very special one! Sessions are scheduled for the following dates:
January 15, 2009 January 29, 2009
Meet at the front desk - no need to pre-register. Applications will be filled out at the session. Please keep in mind that everyone must come to one of these sessions before beginning work of any kind here.