It’s hard to not have a home to call your own, a warm place to lay your head at night. Yet in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness.
With the holidays approaching fast, it is a time to think of others—a time of giving. We applaud those organizations that give back during the holiday season by distributing food to individuals and families that have trouble putting food on the table. These food pantries, school backpack programs, meals for the homebound, and other organizations that make food a priority can’t operate just on food donations though. We support these organizations with a brief sampling of granting organizations that will help local food support groups make sure everyone has a good meal.
Over 10,000 individuals are released from prisons every week, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. They are expected to start their lives over again, including finding employment, finding a place to live, becoming a part of a community, all while trying to avoid the prison system again. For ex-felons, that can be quite an undertaking. There are stereotypes that go along with having a record as well as the fact that these people have been out of society for some time and may not be familiar with the current norms or expectations.