On the heels of launching donation gift cards for the homeless, HandUp hosted a community outreach day this past Friday in San Francisco to continue to bring awareness to homelessness, as well as give people a way to engage with the homeless community. In partnership with Project Homeless Connect, HandUp hosted a homeless outreach day, featuring San Francisco city officials, employees from Dropbox and Zendesk and others. The event kicked off with a rally at The Hall, a hub of restaurants in downtown San Francisco.
“I had the privilege of meeting Rose Broome and learning the mission of HandUp at the very, very beginning and I so believe in it because I think it is so palatable, that when you forget the humanity of the people who are on our streets, that’s when bad things happen,” San Francisco Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement Bevan Duffy (pictured above) said at rally. “That’s when you think that a police officer is in a better position to solve homelessness by moving somebody from one block to the next.”
After the official kick-off, we were separated into four groups of five people, on average, each led by a community advocate to take us into areas of downtown San Francisco where we could be of service to homeless people. Then, we hit the streets, equipped with hygiene kits including shampoo, deodorant, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, socks and a flyer for an upcoming event at the Bill Graham auditorium where people can access resources like Medi-Cal, dental and vision care and employment assistance.