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In just 6 days, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level.

Though the U.S. is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, more than half a million Americans (552,830) were homeless in 2018. Up to 28% of individuals in the United States were chronically homeless in 2019, meaning they had been homeless for a year or longer.

Among the top five cities with the highest rates of unsheltered homelessness in United States, California currently holds four of the five spots, with Los Angeles being ranked 2nd on the list. Between 2010 and 2018, California’s unsheltered homeless population increased by 32% which influenced cities in California, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa, and San Jose, to declare homeless states of emergency.

We believe all lives are worthy of restoration. The goal is not simply to get people off the streets, but to provide a comprehensive array of services that help stabilize needs, secure income, enroll in social services, and obtain permanent housing. It is important for these individuals to have support-networks that will help them address the complex personal challenges they face daily.

Together we can help these individuals reform the past and step into the future. One heart, one mind, one community at a time.

By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together.