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  1. Good Counsel, Inc.

      lynnmaryw wrote:

    Since Chris Bell was inspired by Father Benedict Groeschel to put his considerable talents and energies to this task, the program... more »

    Badges:
    Top Rated Awards 2010
    Location:
    Hoboken, NJ
    45 reviews
    Avg:
    4.9 stars
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  2. LAMP INC

      gpaulwilley wrote:

    i first learned of LAMP when i viewed the video Lost Angels Skid Row is my Home. i was immediately drawn to the story of the homeless... more »

    Badges:
    Top Rated Awards 2014
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    43 reviews
    Avg:
    4.9 stars
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  3. SIERRA HOUSE

      caraz wrote:

    I volunteered with Sierra House through Seton Hall University and I had an amazing experience. The women who run the house are... more »

    Badges:
    Top Rated Awards 2014
    Location:
    East Orange, NJ
    43 reviews
    Avg:
    4.8 stars
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  4. DOROT, Inc.

      lajournalista wrote:

    I learned about Dorot when I was in my 39'w (I'm now 65) and have been volunteering with them ever since. The reason I love them... more »

    Badges:
    Top Rated Awards 2009
    Location:
    New York, NY
    42 reviews
    Avg:
    4.9 stars
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Background

On any given night in the United States, there are 643,047 people experiencing homelessness. Although many are adults, there are teenagers and children living without a home. 12% of people who find themselves homeless and below the poverty line are veterans. We need to help these people, and these nonprofits and charities help get these homeless people off the streets and back on their feet.


While unemployment rates remain low, more and more people are being forced into homelessness and onto the streets. These poor people need shelter, but beyond a place to sleep, these families are faced with hunger and danger while living on the streets. We need housing for the homeless.


Nonprofits play an important role in helping the homeless, especially homeless families. They may offer services such as job training or rehabilitation. They may offer daycare to enable parents to go looking for jobs or they may even have employment services that help connect employers with these people. Some nonprofits even refurbish old homes for homeless families to temporarily live in.


But while shelters and ministries can provide safety and a place to sleep, they still need your help to make it all possible. Volunteer or donate to a homeless shelter near you or any other charity for the homeless and help get a person off the streets, out of poverty, and on their way to a functional life.