Help me help them!
June 12, 2012 8:44 AM Subscribe
How can I help the homeless of Toronto?
posted by AmandaA to Human Relations (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A homeless man had a medical emergency this morning as I walked in to work. He had a friend there helping him, and she asked me to call an ambulance, which I (obviously) did. This has shaken me very profoundly -- if I hadn't been there (more accurately, if someone with a cell phone hadn't been there. I did nothing but facilitate an ambulance arrival) this man could have died (although his friend was extremely calm, confident and competent).
I don't really have that much money, and I have less time, but I'd like to try to make sure homeless people have access to everything they need or have the option to get off the streets if that's what they want. What's the best way to do this? Give money directly to people on the street? Pass out survival kits as per an older Ask? Give to a charity? Donate to Streets to Homes?
I really have no clue how to go about this. Any suggestions are welcome. And although I take issue with religious organizations if they're the best option I can live with that (I would like to point out that this emergency happened a block and a half from the Scott Mission. Don't know what to make of that).