Community Spotlight: OurCalling
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The OurCalling Mission
In 2015, it was estimated that 10,000 people in Dallas County experienced homelessness. With only 2,500 available shelter beds in the county, that leaves 75 percent of the population to sleep, unsheltered, on the streets.
Through a passionate network of volunteers and partners, OurCalling is creating lasting change for those in the Dallas County community who need it most.
OurCalling gets to the root of the problem by providing members of the homeless population with real physical, emotional, and soul-based avenues for change, including:
- Substance abuse recovery programs
- Peer group meetings
- Life skills training
- One-on-one mentorship
- Search and rescue missions for friends in need
- Resource distribution to meet basic material needs
- Faith-based mentorship and study groups
Dallas County Homelessness Facts and Figures
OurCalling provides some eye-opening statistics on their website that really bring to light the true vitalness of their mission. Check them out here:
- 10,000 people in Dallas County experienced homelessness in 2015
- 4 out of 5 homeless people are unsheltered
- There’s been a 269% increase in Unsheltered Homelessness over the past 3 years
- 9% of unsheltered homeless are veterans
- 75% of unsheltered homeless are over 40 years old
- 32% of unsheltered homeless are women
How to Get Involved with OurCalling
Do you feel called to lend a hand? There are so many ways for you to help out and give back to the community. You can help in three key ways:
- Share stories from the hub
With a recent increase in homelessness due to current events, volunteers are needed on the front line now more than ever. As a volunteer, you’ll assist with meal prep and serving, guest services, shelter services, search and rescue, and more.
If you don’t have the time to spare, that’s fine! You can also donate to the cause. Your donations will be used to help clothe, educate, and feed those in need. Just $100 can buy 50 pairs of reading glasses that help our homeless community members read and learn. $200 can provide toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other toiletries and essentials to 150 people!
You’re also invited to check out the hub where you can learn the stories of those in the Dallas County community that OurCalling has served. Learning about and sharing their stories can help to raise awareness and get more people involved in the cause.
Is OurCalling Your Calling?
Do you want to lend a hand and help the unsheltered homeless population in the Dallas County area? Then check out the OurCalling Twitter account to stay updated on all the good they’re doing for the community. To get involved, volunteer or donate today!