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Wings Homeless Advocacy

Wings Homeless Advocacy

Organization Mission

Wings Homeless Advocacy is committed to living out our values of compassion, dignity and respect for all people by uniting our community to be volunteer advocates for those moving out of homelessness and onto a path of healing — working together to end chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County.

The Big Idea:
Beds and Baskets

Can you imagine finally finding housing after experiencing homelessness, but moving in with nothing and having to sleep on the floor? Wings wants to help our neighbors move out of homelessness and onto a path of healing. Working with more than 50 case managers at several different agencies, Wings volunteers help our homeless friends complete tasks and obtain resources needed to become housed and self-sufficient.

In addition to the hundreds of volunteer hours we provide giving rides to medical and court appointments, helping people move in to housing, and filling out the confusing paperwork needed to get housing assistance, we also donate beds ($100 value) and Welcome Home baskets ($50 value) full of personal care and household supplies. Last year we gave away 36 beds and 58 baskets and we would like to double that!

Wings supports the national Housing First model proven to save lives and public resources. Rather than looking the other way, our volunteers consider it a blessing to be able to care for those who are marginalized and find that their encouragement can make the difference in helping a chronically homeless person make a 180-degree change in their life.

 

Wings has helped me put together furniture and hang things and get my place ready. Volunteers have driven me to medical appointments over the hill and on weekly shopping and errands, including getting my Christmas tree and going down to the housing authority to turn in papers. They have moved me twice, and into the place I’ve been living for 3 years.

Debra, Santa Cruz, age 65