Project Hope Outreach

We’ve all seen them (or heard about them) – the woman standing on Peach Street with a sign that says “every bit helps”; the folks setting up camp along the railroad tracks; the man sleeping in the stairwell in a parking garage.   We wonder - why aren’t they in a shelter, why aren’t they being helped?

Each story is as unique as the person it belongs to.  The reasons for homelessness vary and can be complex – and not everyone wants to be helped through the system.  Enter Project Hope Outreach, EUMA’s on-the-street ministry to the homeless community.  Project Hope Outreach can help in many ways, but their main goal is to provide a listening ear, establish trust and meet people at their level of need and responsiveness.

Project Hope Outreach is available 24/7.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, call 814-323-4001 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 814-874-3687 weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends.

Who we serve:
• Any individual or family who is or will become homeless.

How we serve:
• Assist with finding affordable/safe housing
• Assist with obtaining identification paperwork and birth certificates
• Referral to emergency shelters and food services
• Provide bus tokens for job interviews, doctor appointments, etc.
• Distribute hygiene items
• Hand out blankets, sleeping bags, and clothing

How you can help:
• Donate hygiene items (full- and travel-size items):

  • Men’s kit – shampoo, razor, shaving cream, antibacterial gel, soap, washcloth, comb, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Women’s kit – shampoo, razor, antibacterial gel, soap, washcloth, comb, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, women’s sanitary items 

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