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We at Triumph Treatment Services are marking Yakima’s seventh year of Triumph Treatment providing 250 Back Packs for the Homeless and we invite you to help support us in making this the best year of giving we can for those in our community affected by homelessness.

In keeping with Triumph Treatments Mission of offering safe paths to health and hope and our Vision to improve the behavioral, emotional and overall health of individuals, families and communities is the reason this project is so important to us.

 

Backpack Drive

We will be collecting items at various sites in Yakima and are asking for community support and donations.

The Concept: To fill 250 backpacks to be given away to homeless people or others in need, for free, which contain basic living and survival items

Where: You can drop donations directly at triumph 102 S Naches Ave. with either items or cash. There are also boxes at Holy Family and the Yakima United Universalist Church. If it is money just ear mark it for the homeless event and that also can go to Triumph.

When: We need items by latest 12/19/17

List of Items Needed:
· Cash donations for backpacks ($8 each)
· Survival gear – duct tape, emergency ‘space’ blankets, hand warmers
· Blister pack /Mole Skin
· Knit/fleece winter hats—neutral colors
· Knit/fleece winter scarves, gloves
· Warm thick/winter socks
· Shampoo/Conditioner, Soaps
· Deodorant
· Chapstick
· Tylenol or Advil
· Toilet Paper
· Feminine Hygiene Products (small packs of tampons or sanitary napkins)
· Wipes (soft-packaged but re-closable)
· Hand Sanitizer
· Toothbrush/Toothpaste
· Combs/Brushes
· Nail clippers
· Fleece Blankets
· Large Plastic (garbage) bags
· Quart size Ziploc bags
· Re-usable water bottles
· Can openers, Plastic Utensils
· Non-perishable, individually wrapped foods (cheese and crackers, granola bars, protein bars, beef jerky, etc.)

Other Useful Items:
· Bus passes
· Gift cards to stores or restaurants so they can buy food items or hot coffee.

What a great opportunity for all of us to bring a little help, hope, and Holiday Spirit
to the homeless in our community!

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

We are encouraging community members to participate in this public event on December 21 remembering your neighbors who have died homeless in the past year. National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day takes place each year on the longest night of the year, December 21st.This year’s observance of the 2017 National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 21st.

The Vigil is at millennial park the resource fair and back pack give away will start the day of the event at the UGM and then move to the vigil.

As Homelessness becomes worse, localities have sought to criminalize life-sustaining activities in public spaces. By making it illegal to share food in public spaces or lie down in parks, and even constructing spikes to keep homeless people from resting, our society refuses to let humans carry on life in public spaces. This only makes issues of homelessness worse and more costly for governments and taxpayers. This year’s  National Homeless Persons Memorial Day focuses on anti-criminalization efforts.

Help a good cause

No one should have to worry about whether they will have food on their plate or a roof over their head. But the reality is that hunger and homelessness are widespread problems that affect far too many people.  In the United States too many Americans are living on the edge, forced to choose between basic necessities like purchasing food, paying rent, or going to the doctor.

  • In 2015, 43.1 million Americans were living below the poverty level. For children under 18, the poverty rate was 19.7%.
  • More than 41 million Americans are dependent on food stamps.
  • On a typical night in 2016, more than 549,000 Americans were homeless.
  • Nearly 2.5 million children in America experience homelessness each year

National Homeless Person’s awareness week has been a key remembrance event for those who have been affected by housing insecurity and homelessness. The event is organised on the understanding that no-one need feel shame or disgrace over homelessness.

 With the number of families and individuals in our community affected by homelessness growing this event is intended to provide for some basic needs of our community members currently facing homelessness

We look forward to having you join us in partnership in addressing this crisis affecting our communities.

Please contact Kimberly L Hitchcock with any questions at 509-248-1800 or 509-929-5177

khitchcock@triumphtx.org

Thank you for your help and support.

Learn more about National Homeless Awareness Week

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