Homeless Advocacy

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Often overlooked and less acknowledged, the people we encounter and seek out are extremely grateful for the efforts and gestures of kindness shown them.

It is our passion and purpose to serve the needs of the homeless community. Often overlooked and less acknowledged, the people we encounter and seek out are extremely grateful for the efforts and gestures of kindness shown them. Throughout the year their needs are our initiatives driven focus. The act of changing their immediate circumstance isn’t as easily addressed, but it is the goal of this Homeless Advocacy Team to lessen the burden of their day-to-day life.

Ultimately, AEffect.Change plans to seek out and provide temporary to sustainable housing options for homeless individuals. Our efforts in homeless advocacy are ongoing for the City of Durham, and thanks to the volunteer supports, contributions and donations made by so many, we will impact the issues of homelessness in our beloved City and significantly improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.  


The Homeless Advocacy Initiative is currently seeking volunteers to work on six subcommittees:

Soup and Sandwich Fellowship – Alicia Robey

Soup & Sandwich Fellowships are where we engage and form closer bonds with the homeless community, providing a meal and genuine interactions. The point is to establish rapport, and to become better able to serve them at future opportunities by meeting specific needs they make us aware of during these engagements.

Beat the Heat – James & Kimberly Robertson

Beat the Heat Dignity Drive is an initiative in collecting hygiene products to regularly distribute throughout the warmer months. We would like to establish a mobile shower and laundry service as well.

 When It's Cold Outside (WICO) – James & Kimberly Robertson

WICO (When It’s Cold Outside) Initiative collects cold weather gear and warm clothing items for those most in need in preparation for the coming winter season.

Fun & Fellowship Outing - Alicia Robey

The opportunity for special occasions is a rare treat to our homeless friends, and we like to engage them outside of their circumstance and environment at times. The planning and coordinating of logistics for these outings, dinners, and occasions is a critical part to its potential success.

Care Services Advocacy Team – Princessa Palmer & Allison Kalloo

The need for advocates to assist them in navigating some of the systems necessary to acquire care services, benefits, treatments and therapy is a major priority to this team. It may intel communicating with social workers, providing contact info, personal transportation to appointments, and frequent interactions with a person.

Cooperative Housing Committee – Nikki Cross & Derrick Holloway

AEffect.Change plans to establish supportive, sustainable housing options for homeless individuals. We are currently looking to introduce a new housing model to the City of Durham and are still in the research and development phase.