COVID-19 In-Kind Needs
SEARCH’s Outreach Team has resumed its work and is connecting with folks living on the streets in the midst of COVID-19. Our Housing Teams are also meeting with clients from a safe social distance and virtually. Staff at SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures are also communicating regularly with children and families and preparing to reopen the campus when safe. Their deliberate conversations have revealed specific, urgent needs that we wanted to share with our amazing support network.
Face Coverings. Now that the CDC is recommending that Americans use face coverings in crowded settings to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19, we would especially welcome disposable surgical face masks. We would also appreciate help from our crafty supporters in making cloth face coverings available to people living on the streets. The CDC website includes instructions for sewing masks with ties or elastics to secure them in place. You can also review tutorials, templates, and further details about the different kinds of masks here, here, and here.
Food and Water. Second, nearly 75% of people surveyed by our Outreach Team expressed serious concerns about access to food and water due to service disruptions related to the pandemic. We are working to address this need by collecting donations of the items listed below to share with folks weathering the outbreak in encampments. You can also see and order these and other items on our COVID-19 Amazon wish list.
- Tuna in pouches or pop-top containers
- Vienna sausages in pop-top containers
- Cans of chili, pasta, soup, and/or pork & beans with pop-tops
- Beef jerky and fruit leather
- Granola and protein bars
- Pop tarts
- Fruit or applesauce cups
- Peanut butter or cheese crackers
- Bottled waters
- Juice boxes
- Paper or reusable grocery bags
Paper Products and Cleaning Supplies. Clients in SEARCH’s supportive housing programs have reported an urgent need for toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies (all-purpose cleaner, bleach, and disinfectant wipes).
Drop Off Instructions. If you are able to provide masks or any of these food and household items, please reach out to Volunteer Coordinator Molly Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-276-3063 to make arrangements for a drop off time. Thank you so much for helping to keep our clients and community safe and healthy.
Other In-Kind Needs
Prepare Snack Packs for our Clients
Our Mobile Outreach team members need snack packs as they meet individuals on the streets who are experiencing homelessness. Easy-open protein items represent great food sources for our clients.