DPSS Mobilizes Hundreds of Volunteers to Help the Homeless on Skid Row
Building on the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) continued efforts to serve those in the county with the greatest need, over 350 volunteers returned to downtown Los Angeles to serve homeless individuals and families residing in the skid row area.
DPSS Acting Director, Antonia Jimenez joined the activities of the volunteers, which were coordinated by the department’s Toy Loan & Volunteer Services Section. This is the third and largest volunteer effort to serve the downtown Los Angeles homeless community in the last year.
According to the latest numbers provided by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, over 57,794 individuals are homeless in the county, including parents with children.
Hundreds of clothing items, including toiletry and hygiene kits, were collected and assembled in advance by the volunteers and distributed to homeless residents. The volunteers were deployed to various homeless service providers and agencies, where they provided the following services at the following locations:
- Weingart Center: Sorted clothing, assembled toiletry and hygiene kits, as well as created Mother’s Day flower bouquets for distribution; hosting a Hot Dog BBQ for the homeless; and beautification projects.
- Midnight Mission: Served lunch and distributing hygiene kits.
- Union Rescue Mission: Helped to beautify the garden of a nearby park frequented by skid row residents and distributed hygiene kits.
The volunteers also went on foot, distributing hygiene and toiletry kits to the homeless on the streets of Skid Row and along the Los Angeles River.
The DPSS Medi-Cal Outreach District staff conducted Medi-Cal and CalFresh enrollment and provided information about other DPSS programs and services in an area located at 6th Street and San Pedro.
The message of helping the homeless is continuing to spread across the county, bringing much-needed attention to this ever-increasing crisis that is being addressed together as a community. DPSS is currently playing a major role in the services being implemented as part of the Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative.
Those interested in becoming a DPSS volunteer can call (213) 744-4590 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.