Have You Seen the Signs?

Support Leon County's Efforts in Helping the Homeless Safely

Many of us have encountered individuals panhandling on the streets and felt the urge to help by giving money, food, or other resources directly. While this act of kindness comes from a good place, Leon County encourages a different approach for a more impactful and safer way to assist the homeless.

Big Bend Continuum of Care (BBCoC), an agency dedicated to homeless street outreach, is at the forefront of this effort. But why support an agency instead of direct giving? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Safety First: Handing out donations in medians or on busy streets can be unsafe both for you and the person receiving the aid. Organized outreach ensures that help is given in a safe environment.

  2. More Than a Quick Fix: While direct giving offers immediate relief, it doesn’t address the root causes of homelessness. Agencies like BBCoC work towards providing long-term solutions, including shelter, rehabilitation, and permanent housing.

  3. Effective Use of Resources: These organizations can often stretch your dollar further. They have the infrastructure to buy in bulk and access resources at lower costs, ensuring that your donation has a broader impact.

  4. Specialized Support: Homeless individuals often have diverse and complex needs, including healthcare, mental health support, and addiction services. Big Bend CoC and our partner agencies are equipped to offer this specialized assistance.

  5. Community Cohesion: By funneling support through an organized body, we ensure a coordinated effort that avoids duplication and works towards a common goal – ending homelessness.

Your compassion is invaluable, and when channeled through the right avenues, it can lead to substantial, long-lasting change. Let’s join hands with BBCoC and partner organizations throughout the Big Bend to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in our community.