In 2008, Oregon had the highest number of homeless people per-capita. A large percentage of the homeless population is considered “chronic”.
Some people lose their job and start receiving unemployment checks. All homeless are eligible to receive food stamps, but not all of them apply. Some receive SSD and live moving from shelter to shelter. Some spend their money on drugs while others are in it for the profit.
But not all homeless people are playing the system, or are strung out, or have mental disorders. In fact, some have very skilled back grounds; some are even qualified to run their own business, but don’t have the means to start one.
Once people become homeless, the chances of getting a job drop drastically. Most employers require an address and prefer a telephone number. Not to mention transportation. Even if you have all of these things, your appearance still plays a very large roll.
This is why we’re needing your donations today. We are asking for some decent clothes so we can provide them to those who want to make a better impression. Your donation could help get someone off the streets. By Sonya