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January 4th, 2015 at 11:18 pm

The following is a guest blog contribution from Pathways to Housing​ DC​.   We thank Pathways for its contribution and hope Dean is doing well.

The Pathways to Housing DC Homeless​ Street​ Outreach Team ​met Dean earlier this year sleeping on the downtown streets. Dean was wary of the team​ at first​ and insisted he was not in need of any ​of their ​services. ​However, on one cold day after months of the team reaching out to him, Dean finally accepted a pair of dry socks​ that had been donated from partner organization, Gifts for the Homeless. Soon Dean was meeting with the team weekly for showers​ and accepting other donated warm, dry clothing as he needed it. Dean’s trust in the team has grown and he has started to open up to the idea of receiving additional supports and benefits. Of all the things that the outreach team does from food stamp benefits to housing​,​ sometimes the most meaningful thing​ they can offer​ is the kindness, comfort and dignity of clean clothing.

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December 4th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Vinson & Elkins LLP is gearing up for the 2014 Gifts for the Homeless Clothing Drive!  From warm hats and sweaters to professional suits and full length coats, the attorneys and staff at V&E are cleaning out their closets to help those who are less fortunate.  The evidence is right here before your eyes.  They also have on-site volunteers ready to roll up their sleeves and begin sorting clothes this coming Friday morning.  V&E is a great example of what the local legal community can do to help the homeless.  We look forward to receiving their generous donations and working side by side with their volunteers this coming weekend.

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December 4th, 2014 at 6:48 am

Guest contribution from a dedicated anonymous volunteer of GFTH:

I started volunteering with GFTH during their Annual Clothing Drive in 2013.  It was during finals period of my 1L year in law school and I was feeling incredibly stressed out, doubting myself with the age old question, “What am I doing here?!”

After reading an email from school that mentioned needing volunteers for a clothing drive to help the homeless, I figured that a few hours away from my books would do me some good.  It did so much more than that.  I became part of an amazing group of people who go above and beyond to answer a call that sometimes seems insurmountable but stares back at us every day we go to work and school in the DMV area.

I remember what it was like to be homeless in high school.  The grief, the feeling of fear that I might not be able to graduate and go on to college.  The feeling that you are less than a whole person, which feels all too real when you are simply looking for shelter.

More often than not, it’s too easy to forget to be “human” or get caught up in “me, me, me,” when we are busy with our own lives.  But, every interaction with GFTH is a solid reminder that there is kindness in the world, and that we should do whatever we can to spread it.  It reminds me why I am here.

So, every time I post a flyer, spread the word about donations, sort a bag of clothing or even tweet for an event – I remember that being homeless doesn’t mean hopeless.  Giving back through GFTH is my way of paying it forward and hoping, that just maybe, that gently used suit will help someone get back on their feet in time for the New Year.

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December 3rd, 2014 at 7:13 am

This is an article from guest blogger William J. Kuennen, MSW, Program Director, Back on My Feet Washington, DC, a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living.   GFTH has partnered with BOMFDC over the last several years to provide essential new clothing to their runners and they have been a terrific supporter of our annual Used Clothing Drive.

This coming Friday, December 5th, Back on My Feet Staff, volunteers, and members will join Gifts for the Homeless at the annual clothing drive. We are excited to once again volunteer for this awesome cause to aid the hundreds of homeless families in DC. This is my 3rd year volunteering and my favorite aspect of this opportunity is the ability for our program members to give back. You see, the members of our program who will be volunteering are homeless themselves. Despite having very little, our members routinely come out to volunteer at events and have always enjoyed volunteering with Gifts for the Homeless. Many members have expressed how great they feel to be able to give back to the community and how volunteering offers them a better understanding of the commitment and effort our own volunteers provide for them. Our members are working hard in the Back on My Feet program and through the program are beginning to feel more and more self worth. The clothing drive with Gifts for The Homeless allows our members to further add to their personal growth by allowing them a unique experience to join the multitude of other volunteers to give back to those in need. Thank you Gifts for The Homeless for the opportunity to provide our members with an amazing experience to further their growth towards getting back on their feet!

BOMF DC with new GFTH fleece jacket  purchases that were donated during the 2013 GFTH Annual Used Clothing Drive

BOMF DC with new GFTH fleece jacket purchases that were donated during the 2013 GFTH Annual Used Clothing Drive

 

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November 30th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Gifts for the Homeless is pleased to announce that we donated more than $3,500 worth of brand new socks, blankets, underwear and men’s winter coats for distribution at Homeless Resource Day sponsored by the Montgomery County Maryland Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, November 13, 2014.  “Because we work with wholesalers who give us deep discounts on bulk purchases, GFTH is able to stretch every dollar of every donation we receive,” said Gerri Walsh, GFTH Vice President for new clothing.  “And the terrific network of shelters, soup kitchens and outreach coordinators we serve make sure the warm clothing we purchase gets to those who need it most.”  More information about this wonderful annual event, including goods and services donated by other organizations, may be found here and here.

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