TIPS FOR ENCOUNTER

One homeless woman told me, “It’s not about what you can give, but the 2 minutes you give me. Talking to you at the light gets me through the day. I look forward to seeing you!”

It can be simple.

Watch our friends Nick & John handing out care kits.

KEEP A FEW ITEMS IN YOUR CAR

Socks are highly valued on the streets and soft foods are recommended. You can use clear bags or rubber bands to hold them together.

SHARE YOUR NAME & ASK THEIR NAME

There is such a difference between just handing someone a pair of socks, and instead looking them in the eyes, asking for their name, and making conversation with them. Especially if you drive the same route every day, It’s such a cool opportunity to build relationships!

FRIENDSHIP IS WORTH MORE THAN $5

While useful, the items themselves do not mean as much as the personal encounter. Your time is the most valuable gift you can offer another person. Write down the names of the people you meet and pray for them!

MAKING CARE KITS

How to:
  1. Fill a gallon sized ziplock bag or drawstring backpack with any of the following items.
  2. Keep the bag of items in your car to give away when you encounter someone experiencing homelessness.
  3. You don’t have to give the entire bag. You can tell them what you have, and ask what they would like.
  4. Making care kits together can be a great way to get your family or parish involved in serving the poor. 
What to Include:
  • Bottled water
  • Large socks
  • Soft foods (nutrigrain bars, bananas, fruit cups)
  • Hand wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • A Rosary (many of our friends have said they feel more comforted)

    WINTER

  • Wool socks are a necessity
  • Hand warmers
  • Hat/Gloves/Blanket/etc.
Items to Avoid:
  • Razors
  • Mouthwash / Hand sanitizer (or anything containing alcohol)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Full-size toiletries (travel size is easier) 
  • Hairspray