Horns for the Homeless: November 14, 2015 Outreach

photo by Tanya Barba

photo by Tanya Barba

On a cold November morning, volunteers headed to downtown Portland to help those who face homelessness and suffer cold temperatures. Devoting a few hours out of the day to serve the community, Horns for the Homeless volunteers distributed 350 meals, clothing, care kits, and limited outdoor gear to those in need.

H4H is able to provide these basic needs with support of local merchants with their generous product contribution. We encourage everyone in support of H4H to visit these following merchants and express our appreciation for what they do:

Safeway
Medical Teams International
Cash & Carry
U-haul
Franz Bakery
REI
Five Star Guitars
Rhythm Traders

Roadrunner Sports
Happy Tails
Home Depot
Black Rock Coffee
Cedar House Printing
Jimmy John’s
Mattress Pro

H4H outreach are proud and honored for the entertainment provided by talented rock band “Throwback”. The music was the sunshine in the rain that brought joy and inspiration to all. Thanks so much to Kaleb Rankin, Jared Watson, Gabe Ramirez, and Niko Tonido. You gentlemen rock!

Throwback performs an acoustic set. Photo by Tanya Barba.

Throwback performs an acoustic set. Photo by Tanya Barba.

A heartwarming thanks to the dozens of volunteers who lent their energy to set up, organize truckloads of items and pass out sack lunches.  Best of all, volunteers shared an outpouring of kindness and compassion to the homeless. It has been often said that helping others is good for the soul. This cold November day did not leave us without drenched clothing or shivering bodies from the rain. Spending a few hours of discomfort made the intent that much more evident: volunteers had warm homes to go to, beds to sleep in, showers to clean up in, while those we serve have a different story. It is often perceived that homeless people choose their lifestyle, are involved with drugs, or are lazy and not looking for work. As we serve our community more and more, we find out this is not always the case.

“One woman I talked to couldn’t stop crying, she was so embarrassed to be in the situation she was in. Her husband had taken her from N.J. to Oregon and then he abandoned her here. We gave her some food, clothing, a blanket and toiletries. She isn’t a drug addict, she wasn’t on the street because she wanted to be, she was forced out onto the street through no fault of her own. So many people, including children, were there seeking help, some having lost a job and couldn’t pay the rent any longer.”  – Tracy Salisbury, Volunteer

photo by Tanya Barba

photo by Tanya Barba

Looking back on the day, hundreds of lunches were provided, tents, sleeping bags, camping mats found homes, and hundreds of individuals received invaluable outdoor shoes, clothing and outerwear. Volunteers left the scene having touched the lives of hundreds. To quote the late John Lennon:

“Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…”

And we will continue to do so….

Horns for the Homeless looks to Spring of 2016 as an opportunity to advance our cause and provide assistance to many more in need. Those interested in helping make a difference can learn about opportunities here: http://www.hornsforthehomeless.org/contact/

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