Leadership GROW: We Can All Help Fight Homelessness

Leon Fooksman
Leadership Palm Beach County
November 23, 2015

Our 2016 Leadership Grow class discussed many issues during their recent Health and Human Services Day, but one topic stood out: what to do about our local homeless population?

Turns out, there’s a lot we all can do.

GROW class member Juliana Dunlap explains in her own words what the LPBC community can do in terms of volunteering, donating and supporting the efforts to fight homelessness in Palm Beach County.

What was the most important issue/debate discussed during the Health and Human Services Day? 
Juliana Dunlap: Today we discussed a lot about homelessness. Homelessness is simply when people don't have a home to go to. They might've lost their job, or they may be experiencing rough financial situations. Those things are classified as side effects of homelessness, when in reality they just don't have a home. Many organizations provide care and services to people in need, focusing on a specific group. For example, Adopt A Family focuses on families with children under the age of 17. Many of them work together to impact the community efficiently. 


What can youth, as well as adults, do to solve/address this issue? Be specific with a call to action.
Juliana Dunlap: Any member of the community can donate items to organizations that help to improve the lives of homeless people. Adopt a Family takes donation of any household item or furniture to help furnish apartments for the families. Senator Dean Louis center takes donations of basic clothing that others may need for an overnight stay. Also they would greatly appreciate it if they had food donations or catered dinner. Also volunteers in the community could be helpful to server the food at the center.