Quantcast

How To Help The Homeless When Winter Weather Hits - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

How To Help The Homeless When Winter Weather Hits

Posted: Updated:

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Lexington is a compassionate community and wants to help those in need, but sometimes that assistance can be counter-productive. That’s why the Hope Center is recommending ways to provide appropriate aid to the homeless during this winter weather.

“People are well-intentioned, but sometimes they do things that could actually be harmful,” said Carrie Thayer, director of development for the Hope Center. “It’s best to utilize the expertise of organizations that are equipped to handle the needs of the homeless, many of whom are dealing with issues of addiction, mental health or abuse.

“Doing the wrong thing could actually enable the problem or inadvertently cause more harm.”

Thayer pointed to the example of giving money directly to people who are homeless. That money might then be used to buy drugs or alcohol and prevent them from seeking shelter during dangerously cold weather.

Instead, the Hope Center has these tips on how to help:

  • If you see someone you believe to be homeless during dangerously cold temperatures, call the Hope Center Emergency Shelter at 252-7881. The Hope Center has a Street Outreach Program, which will work with people who refuse to take shelter. Or 2-2-1 will give access to additional resources.
  • If the person looks like they need medical attention, call 911 immediately and let them know. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, difficulty speaking, sleepiness and confusion. Hypothermia kills about 700 homeless each year.
  • If you want to give a hand out, give the homeless a small bag filled with a pair of socks, granola bar, lip balm, water, gloves, tissues, toothpaste and toothbrush, all with this card giving information to the homeless person and tell them you can call someone to assist them (Hope Center Street Outreach at 859-252-7881). You can either print the card: http://www.hopectr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Lex_Panhandling_Postcard_20180202.jpg, or stop by the Hope Center’s Emergency Shelter, which has 1,000 cards printed.
  • Hold a toiletry, socks and underwear or over-the-counter, alcohol-free medicine drive and collect for the Emergency Shelter as these are the items most in need during a cold snap. Emergency shelter numbers have increased from around 200 to more than 250, which means more toiletries are needed as well.  
  • Make sandwiches for the HopeMobile, which is out on the streets Monday through Friday as a resource for those who will not take shelter. Or donate hats, gloves and scarves and blankets to homeless shelters.
  • Text LEXHOPE to 50155 to donate. Those donations go to housing, food, social services and health-care – programs that don’t just meet the immediate needs but also address the underlying causes of homelessness. In addition, the Hope Center has a street outreach coordinator, who works to get resources to those who refuse to enter the shelter.
WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two Teachers, Police Officer Injured During Fight At Scott Co. School

    Two Teachers, Police Officer Injured During Fight At Scott Co. School

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:48 PM EST2018-02-23 00:48:26 GMT

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) - Several students were arrested and two teachers and an officer were injured during a fight at Scott County High School. Video captured of the incident shows at least 6 students fighting in the hallways of the school. An SRO and a teacher are shown trying to break up the fight. School officials say two teachers and the officer received minor injuries. The situation is under control, school officials say. The students involved were taken into custody. Their ...

    GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) - Several students were arrested and two teachers and an officer were injured during a fight at Scott County High School. Video captured of the incident shows at least 6 students fighting in the hallways of the school. An SRO and a teacher are shown trying to break up the fight. School officials say two teachers and the officer received minor injuries. The situation is under control, school officials say. The students involved were taken into custody. Their ...

  • Sheriff: School Officer Never Went Inside To Confront Gunman

    Sheriff: School Officer Never Went Inside To Confront Gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:40 PM EST2018-02-23 00:40:19 GMT
    ZUMA PressZUMA Press
    ZUMA PressZUMA Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday. The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more p...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The armed officer on duty at the Florida school where a shooter killed 17 people never went inside to engage the gunman and has been placed under investigation, officials announced Thursday. The Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a gunman armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle has reignited national debate over gun laws and school safety, including proposals by President Donald Trump and others to designate more p...
  • 11-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Sister In Bell Co.

    11-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Sister In Bell Co.

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:59 PM EST2018-02-22 18:59:03 GMT
    MGN OnlineMGN Online

    BELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) KSP says that an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his six-year-old sister in the head with a handgun Wednesday. The incident happened on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmount community. The girl was transported to Middlesboro ARH and then flown to the University of Tennessee for her injuries. She was alert and responsive at the time of transport to UT. She is reportedly stable, but in critical condition, according to KSP. At the time of the shooting, the ...

    BELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) KSP says that an 11-year-old boy accidentally shot his six-year-old sister in the head with a handgun Wednesday. The incident happened on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmount community. The girl was transported to Middlesboro ARH and then flown to the University of Tennessee for her injuries. She was alert and responsive at the time of transport to UT. She is reportedly stable, but in critical condition, according to KSP. At the time of the shooting, the ...

Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2018, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?