To give or not to give? That is the question many of us ask ourselves when faced with a homeless person.
Ranging from “Surely I would just be fuelling their drink/drug problem” to “Well, at least I’m giving them something” there are clearly divided opinions on whether the ‘little we do’ is going to be of any kind of genuine assistance, or whether it is simply going to help keep them on the streets by creating codependency and reducing motivation to “go out and get a job”.
That’s where HandUp comes in as demonstrated powerfully in this article titled ‘How a homeless person moved an audience of tech workers to tears at Launch conference.’:
‘HandUp is a relatively new service that lets you donate directly to homeless individuals in your neighborhood. 100 percent of the donations go to the essentials, like food, clothing, and medical care. What stands out about HandUp is the human touch: Individuals can share their stories and ask for specific items, like dentures or a new phone.
Once they’ve signed up, HandUp members are provided with a profile card with basic biographical information, which they can hand out to potential donors.The card contains information for people to donate via a secure SMS system, and the transaction can be carried out on an iPhone.’
As Adam Reichart, the homeless man who shared his needs on the stage explains, ‘I have a verifiable way to tell people the truth about my needs.‘
Take a few minutes to read the rest of the article, watch some of the attached video clip and let us know your thoughts. Does this feel like a viable solution? Would you consider giving through such a means if it was operating where you live?
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