Cal Poly student Maya Higa hoped to raise $1,000 when she took to Twitch.TV recently to talk about her time working at the 5Cities Homeless Coalition Warming Center and to celebrate her 21st birthday.
Three hours later, she had reached $20,000 and climbing in donations, ending up with $32,000 to fund programs and services for individuals and families in southern SLO County who are homeless or facing homelessness.
Thanks to 5Cities Homeless Coalition’s intensive case management, more than 90% of families we help house remain housed at least one year later. Case management is a top priority, empowering our clients to take control of their finances and overcome barriers through programs such as Rapid Re-Housing, Eviction Prevention, Immediate Needs, Homeless Youth Outreach and Mentoring, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, Medical Respite and Benefits Advocacy.
The Empty Bowls Community Luncheon on September 18th raised more than $41,000 for 5Cities Homeless Coalition programs and services in southern SLO County.
Over the course of two and a half hours, more than 800 people ate soup and bread served by 30 local public servants and celebrities. Patrons consumed more than 120 gallons of soup and 50 loaves of bread provided by 25 local restaurants and bakeries, eating out of bowls selected from hundreds handmade and donated by local artists and students.
The Coalition’s mission to help those who are homeless or facing homelessness incorporates three pillars: resources, support and hope. Each is key to improving the personal well-being of our clients as well as strengthening our broader community.Donate Now
Through collaboration and leadership, we are building an engaged community that fully understands the complexities of homelessness and actively shares the responsibility of creating and implementing solutions to reduce it.Get Involved