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How Do You Help Someone Who’s Asking for Spare Change?

by | Apr 10, 2011 | Vincentian Family | 1 comment

“Need a hand” cards as opportunities for mini “systemic change”! “The idea is that, instead of giving someone cash, you can help them get to the assistance they may really need to change their lives” writes Blase Bova of the SVDP in Phoenix.

Dealing with panhandlers across the Valley may be a daily dilemma for some of us.  You want to show compassion and empathy for the plight of the homeless, but you’re just not sure that those two extra dollars in your wallet will fill the bill and make a significant difference in someone’s life, or that they’ll be used for a productive purpose.

The Need a Hand card is a better way to help a homeless person who is asking you for cash.   Instead of handing out cash, this wallet-sized card lists the addresses and serving times of our five Phoenix Metro-area dining rooms. The reverse of the card lists the services available to the homeless through St. Vincent de Paul’s Special Works Ministries located at our main Watkins Campus.

A local bus day pass is attached to the card to help the individual make the trip to St. Vincent de Paul for assistance, return to where they were staying and make any other bus trips needed that day. Cards are sold in packs of four for $10. This amount covers the cost of the bus tickets, and what remains can help defray some of the costs of providing the services being accessed.
The idea is that, instead of giving someone cash, you can help them get to the assistance they may really need to change their lives.

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The Society of St. Vincent de Pauloffers meaningful help for the homeless and working poor of central and northern Arizona. With more than 90 cents of every donated dollar going directly to fund food programs and other services for the poor, St. Vincent de Paul provides a hopeful alternative to those who need it most. With a powerhouse food bank and one of the largest industrial kitchens in the state, St. Vincent de Paul provides more than 1.1 million hot meals to the homeless and working poor each year; and the need continues to grow.

 

1 Comment

  1. Georgia Hedrick

    What an excellent idea! I used to carry with me small packets of peanut butter to give to those who beg. But, to give them a card of local services that could and would help them, is really so much better!!!

    I am going to research services available in my own Reno-Sparks area, and put it on a card to give to those who beg.

    Great idea!!! gh

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