Mission: To Change the Perception of the Homeless, One by One
New Strategy of ETH
There are presently many homeless support groups in Escondido that offer comprehensive social services. They assist clients in finding long-term solutions that enable them to become self-sufficient and live a life style of a normal citizen. Many of these programs have been in effect for more than twenty years.
However, the number of “chronic” homeless that live on the streets in Escondido over the years has not decreased. Every night each one of these chronic homeless must find a place that they hope will allow them a few hours of sleep without being disturbed. Some are more successful than others. One may be suddenly awakened by another homeless who may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a concerned citizen or by the police who may give them a ticket.After more than three years of learning experience, the team at ETH has devised a new strategy of providing some basic services to the chronic homeless. We believe this will result in significant improvements for the chronic homeless.
ETH believes these services will result in:
1. The homeless developing a more positive self-image of themselves which will lead to more self-confidence which will help them make positive changes in their lifestyle.
2. The public population, by observing the improved appearance of the homeless, will have more empathy and a more humanitarian understanding that each homeless is an individual human being that deserves the basic necessities of life.This new strategy addresses the most basic needs of the chronic homeless which has the potential of allowing some of them to progress to the life style of normal citizens.
The strategy consists of the following three basic programs:
1. Organize a program that continually provides coupons for free haircuts one day a week for the homeless.
2. Organize a program that continually provides free showers every day (preferable from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm) of the week for the homeless.
3. Organize a Humanitarian Safeground (as described above) which would assure a safe, secure place to sleep for the homeless.As of April 23, 2012, ETH ("Empowering The Homeless") was exempted from Federal income tax under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, contributions, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts made to ETH are deductible under section 170 of the Code. [EID #46-2624437]