An unfortunate situation...

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  1. mstnteacherlady

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    Ok, friends. Help me brainstorm here. I am gathering some things up for a young woman who has recently become homeless in my area. She lost her job, and then went on to lose her home and everything she owned rather quickly. My friend and I are working hard to make sure she has some of the basic things she needs. She's currently staying in a very cheap rent motel so that she has a roof over her head (thank goodness!), but has lost everything. She only has a couple of pair of pants and a shirt or two. I've loaded up a big basket of things that I no longer wear, so she'll have some clothes.

    What are some things I might have sitting around my house that could help her out? I've gathered up some basic toiletry items, an umbrella, and a purse (just because! :)). What might I add to this?

    TIA for all ideas! :)
     
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  3. Arbie

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    I would think that she could use a backpack or a big bag. Gift cards for food? I'm sorry she was in such a state. And you are very generous and kind to help her.
     
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    Is there some food in your pantry you could take?

    If she is religious, maybe a bible or something to keep her spirits up?

    Does she have a coat?

    Maybe a pillowcase and sheets? Or a blanket? (I think hotel ones are gross!)

    A book or two to keep her occupied? Newspaper to help with job search?

    Loose change to pay for laundry, payphone, etc.?

    A cup or glass so she can have her own?

    Does that help?!
     
  5. Ms. I

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    This is indeed a sad situation & it can happen to the best of us. That's wonderful that she has someone like you & your friend to help her out. I truly hope better things come her way real soon. Hopefully, she gets unemployment aid & can go to the library or someplace to type up resumes.

    Here's some other suggestions:

    - mini refrigerator

    - microwave

    - radio and/or TV

    - pay a you go cell phone, so she can keep in touch & contact potential employers

    - interview suit/outfit so she has something to wear to get that next job

    - shoes

    - any money you can give her

    - maybe once a week you can drive her where she needs to go
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions! I knew I could count on you all to help me think of things I had not thought of!

    Any other responses are still much appreciated! :)
     
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    Postage stamps, notepaper, writing implements.

    A clock or wristwatch.
     
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    A bus pass or a taxi fare gift card? I don''t even know if they have such a thing.
     
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    interview clothes? gift card for kinkos or change for printer at library?
    I met a man the other day who works for the government (maybe the unemployment office?) helping people find/ land jobs. He said he does everything from helping a person find things to apply for, preparing for interviews, and following up. He knew quite a few resources and had many contacts. I wonder if you have anything like that in your area?
     
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    A kettle, tea bags, hot chocolate and instant coffee.
    A place setting of dishes and cutlery.
     
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    A winter coat? Hat & gloves?

    Contact the local churches. I bet they have experience in guiding people through times like these. Even if they can't offer much in terms of financial assistance, they might be able to point her into a direction where she's not in crisis mode.
     
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    I second the suggestion for an interview outfit and also to contact churches and other charities. Those would be the best places to ask because of their experience in helping others get through these situaitons. My prayers to her.
     
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    She has actually already been set up with our church. We do a lot to try and help in those situations. An interview outfit is one thing that's already in my basket to take. Fortunately, she wears a size that I used to wear, so I have several things (including some suits I used for interviewing) that will help her in that area. DH gathered several things from our pantry (love him!) We also went around the house and gathered several of the items people have mentioned on here.

    Thanks for all the suggestions!!! I reallyappreciate you all taking the time to reply.
     
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    Bless you for your compassion.

    Laundry detergent and tokens or cards (whatever it takes to run the machines) for a local laundromat.

    Soap, deodorant, razor, toothpaste.

    Wristwatch, pantyhose.

    Busfare.
     
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    Great ideas. I would add some things for her to do. Puzzle books, deck of cards, movie tickets. She needs to feel like a member of society.
     
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    Monthly bus or train passes. (Cheaper than paying daily)

    Hotel shampoos, soaps, lotions, sewing kits, etc.

    Rice, beans, peanut butter, bread- go a long way. Single serve heat only soups.

    Referrals/directions to the local Employment Development Department, Health Services, Mental Health Services agency for help with employment, health issues.

    Referrals/directions to your state agencies for Food Stamps, Unemployment, Social Security, etc.
     
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    Definitely quarters and laundry detergent for the hotel laundry, if they have one. If she's unfamilar with her new area, how about a map, maybe highlighting things that she can use for free/cheap (like libraries) and other necessary places (a laundramat)? A watch is important. Books and magazines - I can't imagine the boredom of living in a hotel 24/7 with no funds to go do something.
     
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    shoes, medicine, toothbrush, toothpaste

    You could also help her look for jobs and maybe even try to get her an interview of some sort.

    She would also probably appreciate a home cooked meal of some sort.
     
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    mstnteacherlady, how's your homeless friend been doing? :)
     

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