What Programs Help the Homeless?


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National organizations operating a variety of programs that help the homeless include Goodwill, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul and the National Coalition for the Homeless. Services offered vary by location and include shelters, kitchens and employment programs.

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What Programs Help the Homeless?
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Goodwill has employment programs in many different areas and operates homeless shelters in some U.S. cities. In addition to basic services, Goodwill often employs homeless people at its donation centers and retail locations. These jobs are usually part of a program designed to help people who have significant barriers to other types of employment.

The National Coalition For The Homeless is a nationwide network of different groups that advocate for the homeless. They maintain a database of service providers at their website and manage a number of projects, such as coordinating Americorps VISTA volunteers and holding a homelessness awareness week.

Catholic Charities operates emergency shelters and housing programs in a number of different states. They also operate soup kitchens in some areas, which actually serve full meals. St. Vincent de Paul also operates shelters and kitchens throughout the United States. These are partially funded by a network of thrift stores.

Along with these national organizations, there are many small-scale local programs throughout the nation.

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