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My main question is -- How can I help? I know that I cannot help with everything for everyone, but if I join in with a lot of people ... addressing the problem on family at a time...? One less and one at a time small steps and all that.
I have one pregant kid (18) and her child (1) who I have been mentoring through an at risk teen program. She is now "on the street" after pushing her parents to the breaking point. She has been on the street for only a few weeks and I fear for her and the baby's safety.
I am not her only resource, and have my limits as to what I can offer her. I cannot give her a place to stay, but I can offer her temporary childcare one or two days for a few weeks so she can back into school.
As a temporary measure I got her a pay as you go phone with text only, so she can stay safe and in touch. I got her a grocery store giftcard so she can get food and diapers and things for the baby not covered by WIC, which is currently her only "income". I got her some bus tickets, so she can get herself and her child to the doctor and school. Short of allowing her to become my depandant, I am wondering what I is the best way I can help her? So far I have just thrown money at the problem with out direction. Money is a limited resource for me, so there is not much more available to give on that front.
I need some guidence as to what kind of help she needs the most. I think a lot of people are running away in fear of the homeless because they need so much and it is more than they can offer. If there was a way to prioritize what she needs and give a what I can as part of what she needs perhaps I can help effectivly as part of a community effort, but I am a little lost as to what is most needed when it all seems so desperate.
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