| Project Dignity
serving the homeless with dignity, humility & love
The question we're asked most often is: "What special skills do I need to be a volunteer? Must I be a teacher, an artist or have any particular talents?" Our answer is: "Most emphatically no! The only skills you need are the ability to: a) love people, b) be non-judgmental and c) leave your pre conceived notions & expectations at home."
· Food Distribution---Currently about 500 pounds per week from Food Banks and other donated sources are distributed by volunteers. The goal of Project Dignity is not to provide 100% food assistance to motel families, rather to help supplement the monetary resources that the families do have, and to help them stretch their resources as far and efficiently as possible, to encourage responsible budgeting and money management.
Clothing, Hygiene & Household Products Distribution--Approximately
500 pounds of needed items are distributed weekly by volunteers to families
living in the motels.
This allows children to attend
school appropriately attired and parents to have the proper clothing
needed to attend job interviews and successfully gain employment.
Particular attention is given to
distributing "business attire", when available.
· Children's Activities--Arts and crafts and game sessions led by teams of volunteers are provided at the motels each Sunday afternoon. Volunteers act as mentors and lavish much needed individual one-on-one attention on the children, increasing their sense of self worth and potential to succeed in life.
· Educational Assistance--Children are provided with book-bags, supplies and clothing for school. Volunteers also assist parents and facilitate the enrollment of children in local schools, or in Project Hope school (a sister endeavor created specifically to meet the needs of homeless children). In 2000, Project Dignity launched a mobile tutoring program, utilizing a trailer that is towed from motel to motel to provide service. The transient nature of the children's lives creates difficulties in continuity of education. Project Dignity believes emphatically in the use of education to promote self reliance and willingly dedicates its resources to help children and their parents in any way needed.
is provided, for qualified families, with costs associated with moving
into permanent housing (first and last month's rent, deposits, furniture
and household items as available).
Project Dignity also provides
assistance with rent payments at the motels in emergency situations.
Transitioning families from
transient into permanent housing is one of the most satisfactory steps
towards self reliance in which Project Dignity participates.
Cooperative Efforts Coordination and Modeling--Project
Dignity assists other agencies interested in serving the motel children
and families by developing new or expanded programs, and sharing
knowledge and experience.
Volunteers also work with other
groups to provide successful special projects and events for children
living in motels.
the past years, several presentations have been made to various
community and civic groups, on radio and television shows, at hospital
in-service training functions, etc., to speak about the plight of the
"Motel Children" and raise public awareness for the need for support.
Flu Prevention Program—Every
November and January we distribute thousands of hygienic items necessary
to help prevent the spread of flu and cold germs.
The sad fact of motel living is that
if one person in the room gets sick, everyone gets sick unless proper
hygienic prevention methods are used.
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