9:06 pm est
"Poor, uneducated women do not have a realistic place in the current
labor market, designed to support nuclear families with male breadwinners. Many poor woman are forced into service sector
jobs that do not pay the livable wage or provide necessary benefits." ~Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Give a Package of Small Comfort
5:00 pm est
This is without a doubt a country filled with generous people. It's difficult
for many of us to pass a woman who is begging on the corner and not stop to help her. We know however that as much as we might
care about the woman and her situation, we as individuals do not have the means to help her in a substantial way. The majority
of us simply do not have the training, the money, or the time to help a woman who is begging to get off the street.
But we can give a small amount of comfort and assistance to her. If you'd liked to help, the following is a short
list of items you can put in a ziplock bag to give to a woman who is begging on a corner near you: sunscreen, chapstick, gloves,
hand-warmers, tissues, a small pad and pen, hard candy, gum, deodorant, and bottled water.
Why are Some Women Homeless?
8:42 pm est
"A high percentage of homeless women have experienced domestic or sexual violence at
some point in their lives. Violence against women is a major
cause of women's homelessness." Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
5:25 pm est
Many people have asked me why some of the homeless women they see on the corners
are not staying in a shelter. It's possible they are staying in a shelter. The problem is that most shelters only allow
women to stay from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am. The rest of the time is spent outside.
Urban Ministry has 14 beds for women. To stay at Pathways an individual must have an income. Clara's House has room
for 26 women with children. Please give to these shelters and help keep our women and children off the streets.