7 Ways of Helping – Ways of Helping the Homeless – 2 Minute Video

  • Directly get to know people who are experiencing homelessness in your community and offer support by saying hello, introduce yourself and learn each others’ names
  • Offer a basic need item such as clothes (i.e. socks, hat, gloves, sweatshirt) directly to a person who lacks access to these items
  • Identify helpful community resources such as food pantries, meal programs, and shelters, and share this information with people without homes
  • Volunteer your time at a community meal program, food pantry, or shelter, etc.
  • Inquire with your local faith organizations and city/town officials as to what is currently being done to address homelessness and offer to assist by donating time, money, or helping to organize a fundraiser that is targeted toward a specific goal (e.g. Rental Assistance)
  • Donate money or basic need items to non-profit and faith based organizations whose mission is to help people without homes.  Don’t be afraid to try and target your donation toward a specific worthy goal such as providing rental assistance or supporting transitions to housing by paying for moving costs or needed household items, etc.
  • Get politically involved, while educating yourself regarding current homeless policy on a local, state, and federal level


7 Ways of Helping the Homeless Video


10 Guidelines for Outreach Counselors (Pretreatment Perspective) 

  1. Meet clients where they are at (literally via outreach and figuratively via stages of engagement)!
  2. The relationship is most important – Promote trust and respect autonomy!
  3. Develop a common language of shared words, ideas and values ~
  4. Be goal centered – Join the person in framing out goals that resonate well in his or her world.
  5. Mutually define or characterize particular difficulties to achieving goals and jointly develop strategies or plans ~
  6. Carefully Support transitions to new ideas, relationships (stages of engagement), environments (desensitization), resources, and treatment (bridge client language to treatment language).
  7. Promote Safety via Harm Reduction strategies and Crisis Intervention techniques
  8. Utilize crisis as an opportunity to promote positive change!
  9. Respect the process of change – understand its stages and relevant interventions.
  10. Understand the person’s narrative and integrate a process of “meaning making” with movement toward positive change!

By Jay S. Levy, MSW, LICSW

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One thought on “WAYS OF HELPING”

  1. I had the pleasure of editing Jay’s book for Loving Healing Press, and can thoroughly recommend it.

    This book is a very impressive guide to people working in any helping field that involves interacting with clients who refuse to admit having a problem. Jay’s experience is with working with homeless people who refuse services because of complex mental health or addiction problems, but his respectful attitude will work in other fields as well, as I can attest from my personal experience as a psychologist. He says, “This work is based on principles of common language development and presents three distinct stages on how to acquire, use, and bridge common language. This provides a prototype technology, from the world of homeless outreach, which can be applied to a variety of difficult to engage populations.” This expresses my point.

    The information is presented through a number of very clear case studies, that immediately bring the material to life. I think that any intelligent reader will be able to apply Jay’s approach⎯and is well advised to do so. I am going to recommend this book to Australians working with homeless people.

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