OUTREACH

Meeting the homeless where they are.

The path to independent, sustainable housing for a homeless individual must start with trust and relationships. Huntsville, Alabama, is a caring and generous community with many worthy organizations, agencies and churches ready to offer resources and programs to help the homeless community. 

But, that only addresses half the battle. 

Many of the individuals in homeless camps have endured enormous amounts of pain, abuse and neglect. Some struggle daily with physical health, mental health and substance abuse issues. Often, the individuals most in need of help and support are distrustful of agencies and authorities. Others have lost hope or the motivation to change their circumstances. 

First Stop sponsors and organizes several Outreach Teams that visit the homeless encampments each week. These faithful teams of volunteers, staff and board members have years of experience and training in reaching out to the homeless community. Outreach Teams perform 4 critically important functions:

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OUTREACH

Meeting the homeless where they are.

The path to independent, sustainable housing for a homeless individual must start with trust and relationships. Huntsville, Alabama, is a caring and generous community with many worthy organizations, agencies and churches ready to offer resources and programs to help the homeless community. 

But, that only addresses half the battle. 

outreach program helps Man laying with his German Shepard Dog on Concrete

Many of the individuals in homeless camps have endured enormous amounts of pain, abuse and neglect. Some struggle daily with physical health, mental health and substance abuse issues. Often, the individuals most in need of help and support are distrustful of agencies and authorities. Others have lost hope or the motivation to change their circumstances. 

First Stop sponsors and organizes several Outreach Teams that visit the homeless encampments each week. These faithful teams of volunteers, staff and board members have years of experience and training in reaching out to the homeless community. Outreach Teams perform 4 critically important functions:

Build relationships & trust! We want homeless individuals to know that they can come to us for anything. 

Take basic aid and supplies. Things like bottled water, bug spray, snack packs, toothpaste and toilet paper. 

Gather important information about camp populations, health, conditions and issues.

Invite homeless individuals to visit First Stop’s facility and Day Center for more help.

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In my experience, helping homeless persons starts with consistently building trusting relationships – encouraging them to believe they truly can move to better living situations with the help of First Stop and partner agency services.

Patty Lowe, Board Member

How can you help?

First Stop maintains an inventory of items to supply the Outreach Teams each week. Visit our updated Needs List to see which items we need the most.