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National Groups listed below are:

NYC groups  |  A Canadian example: Raising the Roof

Article on Homelessness  |  54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)
1045 Swift Street.
Kansas City, MO 64116-4127 USA
Phone: 1-816-471-8020
Fax: 1-816-471-3718
E-mail: [email protected]
     "While some groups work on government affairs, AGRM works on a more personal level with the poor and homeless. Its 250 inner city missions address poverty through programs that "promote responsibility, eliminate dependency, and encourage self-sufficiency." AGRM also provides research reports on the issue of poverty. This organization has been around for more than one hundred and twenty-five years.
     Good tips on how to help the homeless; e.g., don't give money, instead give food. Another site posts employment opportunities in food and shelter organizations. -previous reviewer.
     A very informative site that lists upcoming events and conferences. You can donate necessary clothes to men and women, and toys to children. You may also volunteer at rescue missions to help the homeless. -SNS
     This site provides numerous studies and statistics that open your eyes to the outrageous number of homeless all over the globe. The employment page for those interested in taking part in missions is very up-to-date. -KMR
     I agree that this website gives good advice that would help homeless people. It also gives good information about how people can help out those in need.-tb                         .   
     This association give several opportunities about the assistance, rehabilitation, re-assimilation that the people need. Interesting the section "job opportunities".-MDN

Community Action Partnership
1100 17th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20036

Fax: 1-202-265-8850
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.communityactionpartnership.com  
     The Partnership’s mission is to be a national forum for policy on poverty and to strengthen, promote, represent, and serve its network of member agencies to assure that the issues of the poor are effectively heard and addressed.
     This site is easy to navigate and contains a lot of information about upcoming events and how to help in many different areas on homelessness. -OCC
     The site is aesthetically pleasing and easy to search through. The website also help you get invloved in the movement to end world poverty. -KMR
     I agree this website help discuss the issue of poverty and want to bring people together and do something about this global issue.-tb                                                        .  

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The Doe Fund, Inc.

232 East 84th Street.
New York, NY 10028

Fax: 1-212-249-5589
     The Doe Fund's Ready, Willing & Able program provides a holistic, structured environment in which homeless men and women can restore their self-esteem and regain power over their lives by becoming self-sufficient and productive members of society.
     This program has been extremely successful in finding jobs for the homeless community. Finding employers and connecting them with needy workers has been its main source of work. The site tells success stories and how to get involved with the program. -OCC
     Find information about marathons and fairs to support awareness of homelessness in your community. -KMR
     I also think that this program is great for people who are looking for opportunities that would benefit their community. The Doe Fund's Inc. is an great organization, with a lot of donors helping the activities of this organization. Are interesting the programs and the career opportunity. - MDN

Habitat for Humanity International
Partner Service Center
121 Habitat St.
Americus, GA 31709
Phone: 1-229-924-6935, ext. 2551 or 2552
[email protected]
Website: www.habita
     "Examines the need for decent, affordable housing and charts its progress."
     A very inspirational site. It explores how you can help build houses and hope. Read true stories about families around the world who were given homes and new lives. Also, check out volunteer opportunities. -SNS
     This organization is truly outstanding. Keep watch for the next construction projects in your area and help build someone a home. -KMR
     This is a great organization that is productive and is also making the world a better place. This organization builds homes for the less fortunate and has given thousands of people shelter.
Photo of a chinese child and his mother This is a great organization with several sectors, in all over the world. The engagement goes from the young to the holders people. Interesting too the habitat world magazine on line. - MDN

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Mothers always hold us with their warm hearts, view in Chongqing, one of the largest cities in China

Mamma's Hands
P.O. Box 40464
Bellevue, WA, 98015-4464

[email protected]
     The primary goal of Mamma's Hands is to reunite the homeless with their families. In addition to providing meals and blankets, Mamma's Hands has a program that provides the homeless with cellular phone access, free airtime and the ability to locate and contact their families. Mamma's Hands also helps them with rehabilitation and job seeking to help find their way off the streets.
     This organization focuses on helping homeless women with children. -KMR
     I think that this organization is great for people who are in need of shelter. I also think it's great for someone who is homeless and wants to connect to their family.                  .   
     Great organization, provide to bring together the  homeless and their family, thanks to the help of various donors. - MDN 

National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH)
2201 P St NW, CFC #10844
Washington, DC 20005-3471
Fax: 1-202-737-6445
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.nationalhomeless.org

     A national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing and technical assistance. Focuses work in four areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights. NCH provides information on policy developments and pending legislation that effects the homeless.
     Contains many addresses for homeless coalitions all over the US, regularly updated. Gives lots of opportunities for women to get involved; for instance, in building houses. -previous reviewer
     An informative site that allows you to browse through the facts about homelessness and several articles about this issue. You can also find out how to volunteer.  -SNS
     You can learn about the technicalities of homelessness and what is being done in Congress to try and address the evident issue. -KMR                                                        
     Great organization, actually with more of 12 projects in progress. Mostly interesting on the homeless assistance. Born in 1981, is  an organization increased on the field. - MDN

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National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)
1411 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20005

Fax: 1-202-628-2737
     The Law Center strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the Law Center aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes: the shortage of affordable housing, insufficient income, and inadequate social services.
     This program mostly gives information about current legislature and government activity pertaining to education, housing, civil rights, and income of homeless citizens. It also gives detailed information of upcoming events related to these issues. -OCC
     If you are an attorney or paralegal student you can join this organization and help in its fight against homelessness. -KMR 
     This organization is focused on the law sector, aims to help the citizen homeless about their right. - MDN

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army National Headquarters
615 Slaters Lane
PO Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313
Fax: 1-703-684-3478
Website: salvationarmyusa

International Headquarters
The Salvation Army
101 Queen Victoria Street London EC4P 4EP
United Kingdom
Phone: (44) 20 7332 0101
Fax: [44] 20 7236 4981     
     Following "the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasizing God's saving purposes with education, relief of poverty and other charitable objects beneficial to society," the Salvation Army helps thousands of individuals escape poverty and drug addiction.
     Does a lot of good work with the homeless. I found its site made it a little difficult to find info on how you can get involved. I suggest calling for that info. Fill out a registration form on the website to sign up to be a volunteer.

     A helpful and user-friendly site. Find out how you can join the Salvation Army, and look over descriptions of positions you could potentially hold. -SNS
     The downloadable articles provide in-depth information concerning homelessness in foreign countries. -KMR

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Shelter Network
1450 Chapin Avenue, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: 1-650-685-5880
Fax: 1-650-685-5881
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www
     Committed to providing housing and support services that create opportunities for homeless families and individuals of San Mateo County to reestablish self-sufficiency and return to permanent homes of their own. Each year, serves more than 2,000 homeless children, parents, and single adults and provides more than 120,000 nights of shelter.
     An informative site that allows you to register online for events they hold. You can find out how to volunteer. Also, read about the programs they have to end homelessness.-SNS
     The site's "Did You Know?" page dissolves common misunderstandings about homelessness and presents the facts. -KMR

A Canadian example:

Raising the Roof
263 Eglinton Ave. West #200
Toronto, ON M4R 1B1
Phone: 1-416-481-1838
Fax: 1-416-481-1872
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.raisi
     Raising the Roof is Canada's only national charity dedicated to long-term solutions to homelessness. "We: build awareness about homelessness and what can be done, raise funds for community groups working on homelessness, give corporations, organizations and people from all walks of life ways to develop and join in strategies to address and prevent homelessness nationally and in their own communities."
     Learn about homelessness and solutions in Canada. You can download fact sheets about homelessness and learn how to volunteer or donate online. -SNS
     Realize the hidden aspects of homelessness in reference to those families who live unseen in barren basements and abandoned buildings. -KMR

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