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Anti-Panhandling Sign Presentation by Matt Morgan 1/31/2017
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Anti-Panhandling Sign Presentation by Matt Morgan 4/5/2016
Let’s Talk About Pandhandling
But – giving money to a panhandler can actually be harmful to our community.
Giving to panhandlers discourages them from seeking the services they may truly need and encourages them to keep doing what they are doing. Current economic challenges have strained local resources and local service providers rely on private donations to sustain the programs that offer assistance to people in need. Donating to an individual panhandler diverts that money from a program that may help many in need.
Unfortunately, most panhandlers go unrecognized by our local programs, because they are not accessing services, they may not be in need, or they may not be from our area.
All our neighbors deserve the opportunity to live in permanent housing, stay in safe shelter, access nutritious food, health care, or treatment. By giving to local charities, and not panhandlers, you’re supporting programs that offer solutions.
Many local well meaning donors have offered money or food to panhandlers, or their pets, without understanding that they are sustaining a way of life counterproductive to the true help needed in our community.
Over the past year, the City of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council identified nearly 3000 local individuals that are homeless or imminently at risk of becoming homeless. Tragically, over 700 of those individuals are children. There is a difference between homelessness and panhandling. Panhandling does not indicate homelessness.
If you have a heart for affecting social change, find a charity of your choice, learn about the services they provide, ask them for a tour, become a volunteer, or give whatever you can, even if it’s a small amount.
When you choose to give to programs, not panhandlers, you’re choosing to be part of a solution.