“Incredible people" drive in bone-chilling cold helping homeless!
When DC activated a Cold Emergency Alert on Feb 6, 2019, Fox5 reporter Josh Rosenthal wanted a compassionate lead story. He interviewed UPO Shelter Hotline outreach worker Vincent Blackson, whose kindness is in his blood: Blackson’s father held the same job. See Josh Rosenthal’s report in the attached video.
UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting homeless folks off the streets of DC, transporting them to Homeless Shelters and providing them with comfort items. A 2018 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in DC found that there were 6,904 homeless people in Washington DC on a single night.
Winter and summer over 40 dedicated UPO Shelter Hotline employees communicate with shelters to coordinate transportation services for recently displaced individuals and families. We are the sole provider of transportation services for the DC homeless population. Last year we provided 186,416 rides. Our vans are seen throughout the District distributing blankets, sleeping bags and other comfort items, funded by your donations, to Help UPO Help the DC Homeless. During peak seasonal temperatures Shelter Hotline drivers work 24 hours a day during the winter and summer months transporting individuals to shelters, cooling stations and feeding centers, literarily helping to save lives.
UPO’s mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. As the designated community action agency for DC, UPO services DC homeless through our programs. The Office of Early Learning provides children of homeless families with free education and family support. Our Workforce Institute provides free job skills training and job placement services preparing individuals for a journey to opportunity, success, and the future they deserve!
As we help the homeless to self-sufficiency, we believe that they deserve the decency of basic comfort items that we can take for granted. Please donate a “Little” to our Little by Little Matching Campaign.
From April 8-12, GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50%, with $50,000 in matching funds available. UPO through the tremendous support of our donors has earned GG Superstar Reward Status and will be awarded an additional 10% match on eligible donations!
This will be our week to celebrate the power of the crowd and demonstrate that small donations add up to BIG change! See how much your gift of up to $50 can help! A gift of $50, will earn a $30 match, becoming $80!
So please take a moment to renew your support of Help UPO Help the DC Homeless by making a “Little” donation to our Little by Little Matching Campaign, which will run from 9:00 am EDT on Monday, April 8, 2019, to 11:59 pm EDT on Friday, April 12, 2019.