#DoYouSHARE?

As we all well know now, New York City had initially experienced the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases in the state. Like other cities, New York’s dense population had been a major issue in the spread of the disease, but New Yorkers took the information to heart, practiced social distancing, followed the advice of health and government officials, and despite the hardships of this unprecedented pandemic, flattened the curve and fought the beast.
 
The most vulnerable of our communities, however, didn’t have the luxury of “staying well by staying home.” The homeless have no home to retreat to. They are unprotected, living precariously in the open, or worse yet, in crowded shelters.
 
SHARE the Project had always been determined to help our homeless brothers and sisters and so during this most challenging of times, we started our Face Mask Initiative. The lack of face masks was as dangerous for them as it was for the homed. The public restrooms were closed as well as public spaces where the folks would go to wash. And so we banded together to make homemade masks and we desperately scrambled to raise money to purchase bulk disposable face masks. News of our initiative traveled and we were able to create a pipeline of mask donors.
 
At a time when we have good health and safe shelter to be so grateful for, there are over 56,000 homeless people in the five boroughs of NYC who were sitting ducks for this most recent life-threat to their existence. 
 
The homeless are the forgotten.
The homeless are the social inconvenience.
The homeless are the last people anyone ever helps.

It’s been a long, difficult year, with a “maybe yes maybe no” future ahead of us. As we were before, we will continue to be…there for those in need.

Do you SHARE?


 
 

“Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
 
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