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Gratitude In Action


Tracy Dillon, pictured with UNITY Housing Specialist, Stephanie Kawalski

With the upcoming holidays I can’t help but think of all the homeless people in New Orleans. What will they be doing on Thanksgiving and Christmas day?  More than likely, trying to figure out how they will eat that day or stay warm as nightfall comes. We the more fortunate tend not to think about homelessness. Although, some people think homelessness is a choice but this is far from the truth. There are numerous reasons why an individual stays on the streets. Our homeless population suffers from mental illness, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and physical disabilities. Individuals who are receiving disability checks cannot find affordable housing to sustain them unless they are in a housing program such as permanent supportive housing, section 8, or live in an apartment which the rent is pegged by your income. UNITY along with our 60 partner agencies has pledged to create a Rapid Response System to end family homelessness,  our goal is to house 50 families by the end of 2016.

A great example of giving back came from one of our own previously homeless clients Ms. Tracy Dillon. After providing a bedroom set for a family of five, Ms. Dillon stated, “I just want someone else to be blessed”. Thanks Ms. Dillon for being a shining example of gratitude in action!

The UNITY warehouse provides starter kits and furniture upon availability to the newly housed clients. You can end homelessness for a family by making a donation this holiday season. Your gently used household goods and furniture, new cleaning supplies will make a house a home for holidays. Show gratitude by taking ACTION!! Its just as simple as picking up low cost items such as silverware, pots and pans, pillows or blankets that most of us take for granted. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION, MAKE A DIFFERENCE by donating any of the following items to:

UNITY Warehouse

506 N Saint Patrick

New Orleans, LA 70119





One comment on “Gratitude In Action

  1. Emery Graham
    November 25, 2016

    Pretty informative. Is it possible to end homelessness? Is homelessness a function of the person, the family, the social structure, the programs; what is at the bottom of it all?

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