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Posted on November 18, 2009
HomeAid recognizes National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
November 15-21 with annual cell phone drive
In Colorado, there are nearly 18,000 homeless individuals and most are temporarily homeless, meaning they shuffle from one housing site to another, whether an emergency shelter, a relative’s couch or a motel. Remarkably, most of Colorado’s homeless are families with children. HomeAid Colorado, a non-profit that builds dignified housing for the transitionally homeless, is collecting old cell phones to help Colorado’s homeless population.
HomeAid holds its annual cell phone drive the week before Thanksgiving to coincide with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This year is no different, but this year HomeAid will continue to collect cell phones through the end of the year.
“Most everyone has a cell phone lying around they’re not using. We’re asking people to bring in their old cell phones, and we’ll take care of recycling and/or refurbishing them. In exchange for old cell phones, HomeAid receives monetary compensation that goes directly to our increasingly important projects,” said Laura Brayman, executive director of HomeAid Colorado.
The face of the homeless in Denver is not the single man on the street corner begging for money. It is a working family with children that has fallen on hard times because of domestic abuse, catastrophic illness or unexpected job loss. HomeAid’s cell phone drive is a simple, easy way for people to give to those in need without having to write a check or donate a lot of time.
HomeAid Colorado, along with Colorado’s generous homebuilders and non-profit care providers that provide services to the homeless, tirelessly work together to aid the state’s homeless population. Most of their work is behind the scenes and goes unnoticed. The cell phone drive is a perfect way to help HomeAid fulfill its mission and help one of Colorado’s vulnerable populations.
Anyone wanting to donate a cell phone can drop it off or mail it to HomeAid Colorado’s corporate offices at 600 Grant St, Suite 525, Denver, CO 80203 or to Philosophy Communication at 209 Kalamath, Suite 2, Denver, CO 80223.