If you’re facing homelessness and trying hard to get back on your feet, the challenges you face are endless. But the first thing you need may not be what you would expect. While things like finding housing, applying for a job, receiving temporary government assistance are all important steps to take, there is one critical and required step in order to continue the journey toward stability and self-sufficiency – obtaining a state ID.
When Erin Becker started handing out KIND bars a few years ago, she never told anyone about it. And she never thought it’d grow into what it is today. Erin wanted to help when she saw individuals and families holding “Hungry, please help” signs in Baltimore – she just wasn’t sure what to do. “I wanted to help people. I see them everyday. I see people’s grandmothers and sons, and my heart is broken.”
That’s when she got an idea. “I decided to give out the same healthy snacks I give my own children,” said Erin. Erin kept a bag of KIND bars in her car and handed them out at stoplights. When she heard about the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, she started including cards with the bars. “I feel so great to be able to hand someone something to eat right away plus a number to call for help,” said Erin. “2-1-1 can get them the help they need. That’s what United Way does.”
After the recent events in Baltimore, our community has come together to help. To deliver hope. More than 40 different companies at 90 sites across central Maryland collected urgently needed supplies like diapers, food, toiletries and more for babies, children and seniors in the affected communities.
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