There are many organizations in Fresno that are well equipped and situated to help anyone on the streets and/or homeless “get back on their feet.” These organizations provide such services as temporary housing, meals, job opportunities, advocacy, and much more. Though all homelessness is tragic and uncomfortable, no one who becomes homeless or who is hurting in Fresno should feel like they have nowhere to turn, or that they are alone in their plight – visit our list of community partners for resources and additional information.
The reality of chronic homelessness, regardless of the particular cause(s) involved, is that until the root issues are addressed, REAL CHANGE cannot occur. Well-meaning individuals who give money and/or goods to someone who is in a cycle of chronic homelessness – as difficult as this may be to accept – are actually causing harm by keeping such a person right where they are: trapped in a destructive pattern, isolated from the medical and/or psychological help they really need. Until any person comes to the point where the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, an individual is not likely to accept the kind of REAL CHANGE that is available right now – in the form of established organizations that are ready and equipped to assist individuals on the streets begin the journey toward healing and sustainable life change.
With only an estimated 600 chronically homeless living on the streets, there are enough resources in place right now to put every single homeless person in Fresno on the path to health and recovery.
Take the pledge to end homelessness by committing to refrain from giving that hurts, and instead direct your generosity to the established organizations that can provide personal care that helps.