Homeless shelters in the United States were created to not only give homeless people a warm place to sleep and a need meal, but to also to help people get back on their feet and off of the street. What many people do not realize is that there are many different types of homeless shelters.
Some shelters were created to help only men or only women and children. There are many shelters in the United States that are, more specifically, for women and children who come from homes where there was abuse taking place. The women are helped with trying to find employment, a safe place to live, and counseling for the women and children both.
The kind of help that the shelters provide varies widely and often depends on the amount of community support that the shelter gives. Most shelters will take donations from the surrounding community that are used to help the residents. If they can not use the items directly, the items are sometimes sold so that the profits can be used for programs at the shelter.
Programs can include food, shelter, counseling, religious training, and job training. Shelters that have adequate funding will sometimes offer drug and alcohol treatment programs as well. This could be Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or even something more structured.
Many shelters also allow volunteers. Helping out at a shelter can really change the life of the person volunteering. Besides people to serve food and do other things around the shelter, they often need tutors for the children and and adults who are learning new skills. You will never be sorry that you took the time to help make someone else’s life better.