If you saw these homeless men, women and children you would no doubt help them. But most of us don’t see the ones living under bridges, in open fields, parks, parking lots and if lucky, sleeping in cars. Now that frigid cold has moved into Wyoming, the shelters that provide a safety net are stretched to capacity, and in some cases, beyond. Now, they need our help.

The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relying on donations and grants. Your tax deductible donations can be made in person or online. You can also donate goods if so inclined.

MOST NEEDED DONATIONS:

  • Coffee, oatmeal, tuna or chicken salad kits, cup of soup, cup of noodles, and microwavable individual size meals.
  • Special foods are needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas and gifts are needed for those coming into the WCH Welcome Mat during the Christmas holiday.
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Clorox, Lysol cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing soap

OTHER ITEMS NEEDED:

  • Band aids
  • Combs/brushes
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Foot powder
  • Disposable razors
  • Reading glasses
  • Toothbrushes / tooth paste (no mouth wash, shampoo/conditioner, bath soap, or lotions please.)
  • Pens - black or blue only (no pencils please.)
  • Camping gear

Volunteers are urgently needed to work weekends and holidays at the Welcome Mat Day Center. Volunteers check in clients, make sure things run smoothly, answer questions, make referrals and other duties.

  • Make sleeping bags for homeless children and adults. Patterns and kits are available.
  • Teach classes for Art From the Streets Empowerment programs.
  • Keep the food pantry and clothing closet organized.
  • Help with annual "WALK IN MY SHOES" fundraiser.
  • Teach classes related to resumes, job skills, life skills.
  • Pick up donations and food bank orders.
  • Help with building and yard maintenance.
  • Run errands.
  • Write grants and develop fundraising projects

COMEA House is an emergency shelter for men, women, and families. Clients at the shelter receive a hot, nutritious meal at night and breakfast in the morning; showers; access to the free clothing pantry; and free medical attention.

There are other organizations like the VA Homeless Program, Salvation Army and others that could use your help in assisting the homeless. If a lot of us do a even a little, we just might save some lives.