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Drop in House Taking a shower – we take it for granted. For most Americans taking a shower is simply a matter of walking into the bathroom and turning on the shower faucet. It’s a part of the routine they don’t even think about. However for homeless people, fulfilling this simple need is an every day challenge. You might think that the obvious solution for homeless people is shelter, but the fact is that many homeless people avoid shelters for number of reasons. Some of them are listed here: - Complicated , often an invasive and disrespectful check-in process – Homeless people are often asked if they have a family member or girlfriend/boyfriend they can stay with, basically encouraging them not to use the facility - Staff Assumptions about Drug Use and Criminality - Danger of Theft, No protection from thieves - Fear of Contracting Parasites - No matter how clean a facility is kept; the danger of getting parasites by using it is still very high. - Hours of Operation Incompatible with Work Hours – Many homeless people work and it is impossible for them to be on time to use the facilities - Danger of Rape or Assault - Homeless shelters are often hunting grounds for human predators. Attendants and volunteer workers in the shelters are not trained to deal with that problem. - Lack of Handicapped Accommodations - Disabilities make use difficult Some homeless people with income use gym showers, but again for less fortunate ones that option is not available. In order to obtain personal hygiene many are forced to use alternative places such as public bathrooms in city parks, bus and train stations, truck stops, and fast food restaurants. For women who are homeless, there is an additional burden to personal hygiene: their menstrual cycle. Families with children, especially if the children still require diapers also face extra challenges. Homeless: A high risk group for the public health Homeless people are three to six times more likely to become ill than housed people (National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2008). Their living conditions (lack of basic hygiene such as inability to wash and change clothes) provide an ideal setting for the spread of lice, fleas, ticks and mites. On the other hand, poor hygiene conditions along with the limited access to health care systems both contribute to the increasing spread of the respective arthropod-borne disease. Idea The idea to establish the Drop in House is in the first place the idea of the homeless people themselves who when asked: What do you need the most? answered: A shower so I can clean myself and wash my clothes. Goal of the program The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improvement of the access to rights of the homeless people who request or consent to service which is offered. This is going be achieved through founding Drop in Houses where homeless people can have easy access to shower and washing/drying facilities. The Drop-in House is going to be a “safe” place for homeless people where they can maintain personal hygiene and receive medical care. Furthermore, it will ensure access to other services, rights and measures offered by the system of health care, social protection and other relevant systems. Services Services offered in the Drop-in Houses are going to be designed in cooperation with homeless people, outreach workers, and with consultations from partner organizations as well as partners from the New York City Department of Homeless Service. People working in the Drop-in House People working in the Drop-in House should be trained medical staff and volunteers who are available from 6am to 10pm. Apart from them, there should be outreach workers who regularly visit homeless people in places where they live and work. The principles of operations The Drop-in Center is going to be widely recognized after two basic principles. It is the principle of simple check in procedure and principle of consent . These principles does not entail unlimited freedom of choice in an unlimited time frame or creation of space which is completely free from rules and conditions. Professionals working with homeless acknowledge that they need structured space since it provides a sense of security. However, all of the Drop in programs will follow the principle of consent, as it recognizes it as a critical phase even though it is just a temporary solution.
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We will meet at the Carrington house and play Bingo with the residence for several hours while snacking on ice cream and Popsicle. We will do the same on a monthly basis.
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Make a phone call, write a letter, or just talk with my soul mate who hasn't connected for a long time at any time when both of us is available.
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Bringing awareness of sustainability to our community through education programs and projects that are fun for all ages. School Outreach project Plastic Bag committee Community garden
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To share Dr. Goodall's message of hope, connection, and peace.
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We will extend the high school recycling program into the community. We will begin with curbside recycling at our school. The students will use the roots and shoots program material to identify the areas that need to be made aware of the recycling program. The students will design an advertising campaign to get the word out to their community that all recycling can be brought to our school. The students will also use their information gathering and research to identify another issue that they can help change for future sustainable projects. This program will continue each semester.
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I want to make it easier for my neighbors to clear out the extra clothing by passing out boxes for them to fill with donated items, which I will then pick up to take to the thrift store.
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we are starting this project from 24 july, 2014. in this project we will try to provide blood or platelets to the needy patients. We will do campaign in different departments of the university and other educational institutes for blood and eye donations. we will also try to convince new donors to join this noble cause.
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Ten families from our homeschooling community will meet at the Carrington House to play Bingo and eat ice cream with the residents.
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That Waterford School students would be motivated to reach out and help another school community in need.

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