No matter how extra-ordinary these times are, the holiday season is upon us and this year won’t be the same for anyone. And while we are “all in this together,” the reality is that we can’t all be together, in the same way, this year. Doors are usually open for Thanksgiving and Holiday meals, parties, and connections with friends and family, and in usual times, our Team Members have access to community gatherings to celebrate the season. But these are not usual times, and because of the extra-ordinary circumstances they face, our Team Members need us now more than ever.
We refuse to let any of our Team Members fall through the cracks – there is too much at stake for our Team Members and communities. It can add years of recovery to someone’s journey out of homelessness if they don’t receive the support and resources they need, and we can’t let that happen. Downtown Streets Team HAS NOT and WILL NOT STOP working with Team Members to help them maintain their sense of self-worth and purpose.
Team Members like Coach. At this time last year “Coach” was sleeping in a tent at the corner of 18th and Van Ness in San Francisco. For the first time in three years, Coach will be sleeping inside this holiday season and will be spending some time with his sister. “I am really looking forward to Christmas this year – my favorite thing about Christmas is watching the kids open their presents. Watching them get their new bikes or whatever it is, I just love seeing that.”
Since March 14th, Downtown Streets Team has housed 57 Team Members and helped 82 find employment. Even in the face of what they have been through this year, our Team Members continue to demonstrate resiliency on their path out of homelessness. Team Members Steven and Kimberly lost their business in March and had to live in an RV for seven months. As a result of your continued support, and the efforts of our entire DST community, Steven and Kimberly are now housed and have an extraordinary holiday season to look forward to.
Will you help make this an extraordinary holiday for Coach, Steven, Kimberly, and the over 400 Team Members Downtown Streets Team serves each week by making an extraordinary contribution to their success?
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