The money is used to help pay members of the team. They initially are paid in food vouchers ($100/week), which is their 'salary' for working on the team. The program also helps with shelter. The combination helps them not to rely on panhandling and to be able to spend time to work on their resume building and job acquiring skills.
We are only able to support a limited number of participants at a time and this funding will help support additional spots for candidates who are currently on waiting lists.
Since 2005, the Downtown Streets Team has helped 70 participants go from panhandling to tax paying. Your donation could help one such individual regain his/her self esteem, find a job and become established in permanent housing.