What NOT To Say

What NOT To Say

There are many ways to approach and talk to someone living on the streets. But there are just as many ways that you could offend or say something that is negative. homeless person: “spare change?” “Sorry- all I’ve got are 20s” If they ask...
Open A Dialogue

Open A Dialogue

The definition of homelessness is the circumstance when people are without a permanent dwelling, such as a house & or apartment. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure and adequate housing due to a lack of, or...
Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward

This is Shah Jahan, a Muslim immigrant who I met Christmas Eve when I was giving out backpacks to the homeless. I had one backpack left when I met him. And, he was SO excited to get the backpack because he had no gloves. His fingers were literally turning blue.As I...
Helpful Avenues For Homelessness

Helpful Avenues For Homelessness

Google’s definition of helpful is:help·ful/ˈhelpfəl/adjective: helpfulgiving or ready to give help.”people are friendly and helpful”Here are helpful resources for New Yorkers:Help For Homeless FamiliesHomeless: Family Services Information from the...
Misconceptions of Homelessness

Misconceptions of Homelessness

At Backpacks for the Street, we feel strongly that homelessness does not define an individual. Before anything else, that person is a human being. A human with dreams. Skills. Compassion.While this is our stance, it’s undeniable that stereotypes about homelessness...

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