Caring and Sharing
As the number of homeless in Montgomery County continues to grow, Assistance League recognized that growth by expanding to their newest Program, Caring and Sharing. Developed in 2013, the Caring and Sharing Program works to meet the basic needs of the homeless and those in transition. “Welcome Home” baskets containing toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies and numerous items are distributed through local agencies to their clients who are moving from homelessness to a home. Also, community residents who need clothes for job interviewing or household items for shelters or new living quarters receive vouchers for shopping at Assistance League’s Thrift Shop.
In addition to the baskets, “Welcome Trunks” containing bedding items, towels and personal items are given to agencies who house individuals, ages 18 to 25, who have transitioned out of foster care and to new mothers living in shelters. Plus, healthy snacks are given to several schools for at risk students.
One of Caring and Sharing’s newest activities is sponsoring monthly birthday parties for Woodland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation residents. The residents thoroughly enjoy these parties, where birthday cake is served and games are played.
Over 2,000 people were served through the Caring and Sharing Program in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.