Urban PeakFounded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults. We do this by providing five essential services at little or no cost to the youth (youth in housing do pay a minimal rent each month):
Our goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets. Urban Peak’s programs and services are founded on the principles of trauma-informed care* and positive youth development and assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets. *To provide trauma-informed services means that we understand an individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, intellectual and spiritual. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.
- an overnight shelter
- a daytime Drop-In Center
- Street Outreach
- Education & Employment programming
- Supportive housing
Compass Family ServicesThe San Francisco Payback will support Compass Family Services, an organization whose mission is to help homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency. Each year, Compass Family Services supports approximately 5,000 children and parents, 90 percent of whom are below the federal poverty line, and 50 percent of whom are under 18 years of age. The majority of their clients are single mothers with one or two children.
San Francisco Facts on Homelessness:
- Family homelessness has increased 20% in the past four years.
- Average wait for a family to get into temporary shelter is over eight months.
- A single parent with two children must work three full-time, minimum wage jobs to afford basic living expenses.
- 3,800 low-income children are on the waiting list for subsidized childcare.
Compass Family Services Accomplishments:
- 95% of families in Compass housing programs don’t return to shelters within a year of exiting the program.
- 5,000 parents and children benefit from their education, employment, and housing services every year.
- More than 1,000 children have graduated from their early childhood education programs prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.
- They provide 32,500 nights of shelter for families annually.
- Through over 30,000 case
Grace At The Green Light
Grace is SharingGrace at the Greenlight is a 501 c 3 non profit organization that serves the street homeless in New Orleans.
Mission StatementTo offer New Orleans’ homeless persons choices and to provide for their basic needs in a loving manner that embraces the human spirit.
Core Beliefs:1) A homeless person has very few choices. Even when begging, the homeless do not have a choice – having to take whatever is given, if anything. We believe that the homeless should be listened to and have a say in the gifts given. The power of choice will lift the human spirit. 2) Many of the homeless do not have their basic needs met of love, compassion, food, clothing, shelter, etc… These basic needs should be met by our community.
Dedicated to helping the Homeless of New OrleansGrace at The Green Light is hard at work changing the culture of our great city. Every day, it’s our mission to provide care for the people who need it the most. We’ve all seen someone down and out looking for a little hope at the green lights, and as we speed away to our lives, they’re still there. Grace at The Green Light hopes to provide essentials to not only help New Orleans homeless, but to show them there are people out there who do care about them.
We believe in New OrleansOf the 369,250 residents of New Orleans, almost 7,000 are homeless and twice that number meet HUD’s definition of homelessness. The lack of affordable housing, domestic violence and disabilities such as mental health/substance abuse contribute to the cycle of chronic homelessness in New Orleans.
Let’s change how we see our neighborsAlarming numbers show that 2,697 homeless New Orleanian’s experience symptoms of mental or physical disability. Moreover, 570 veterans are estimated to be chronically homeless. We can change this. New Orleans is a city renowned for its perseverance and strength. We beat a devastating hurricane, and oil spill. Together, we can beat how the homeless in New Orleans are treated, and we can provide services that lend humanity to the people we see every day.