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Recently, I saw a post on Facebook that questioned charity giving.
It said that the government is inefficient and that most of the money given to private organizations doesn’t go to the people it’s supposed to help but rather to the people collecting it.
Some charities have too much overhead and too much of the money people are kind enough to donate doesn’t go to the intended recipient.
There are, however, some charities where most of the money goes to those in need. For example, out of every dollar donated to the Salvation Army, 82 cents goes to the needy. Likewise, the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) in Bucks County Pennsylvania, gives more bang to the buck in Bucks than does the government and many other charities.
Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, a nascent non-profit, for which I am the publicist, will apply most of the money donated to providing shelter for the homeless. It is the brainchild of a man who was homeless for a short time who is now a burgeoning entrepreneur. He and I are working to provide much needed shelter for the homeless in Bucks County, PA on our own time, using our own resources, which, so far, are mainly time and effort.
Our plan is to acquire vacant government and private land earmark it for the homeless, and develop it, with the homeless doing much of the work. We plan to enlist the aide of volunteers, including the homeless, to this end.
In Bucks County, the homeless problem started in the late 80’s.
Back in January, 1988, as reported in The Morning Call, Bucks County Commissioner Andrew L Warren told members of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce that the homeless problem is not just found in major cities like Philadelphia, but right here in Bucks County. “We in Bucks County have to realize that as state and federal governments begin to back away from the local concerns, that Bucks County government in the 1980’s and 90’s is where we are going to begin to have to find more solutions for issues like this”, the commissioner said.
In January 2013, More Homeless Camps Discovered in Bucks County appeared in phillyBurbs.com. It was reported that a representative from Penndel Mental Health Center and from the Sunday Breakfast Mission visited a homeless camp in Bristol Township. Several volunteers also visited the camp. Organizers reported that the unsheltered population and number of encampments are growing.
And the homeless population in Bucks County continues to grow. People from outside of Bucks County have added to the ranks of the homeless in the county. Some of them entered recovery houses but left for one reason or another and became homeless.
Many of the places the homeless can stay are treatment centers. One needs to have an addiction or mental health problem to get in. But what about those whose only problem is housing? Many people have become homeless as a result of losing their jobs, a house fire, or other reasons unrelated to addictions, criminality or mental health.
The only year round emergency shelter in Bristol Township, which has become a magnet for the homeless, operated by the Family Service Association of Bucks County, has a waiting list of more than 100 people at any given time.
Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless has the remedy for the lack of shelter for homeless people in Bucks County.
Your fellow Americans need your help. We have started our funding efforts through GoFundMe.com, a crowd funding site.
The ad you see when you click on the GoFundMe link below helps with funding the homeless. You can opt to skip the ad.
“How does it feel?
To be on your own?
No direction home
A complete unknown
Like a rolling stone”