If pecan pie and hotdogs get a national day, then roofs over our heads should, too … was somebody’s thought. And I’m glad. In a time when any random thing can get a ‘national day,’ it’s refreshing that in between all the ones for beans (January 6th, dice (their day is tomorrow) and cupcakes (October 18th), we’re also giving whatever this is to something we take for granted, and is actually important (sorry, cupcakes – you know I love you).
According to Green Doors, on any given night, there are approximately 634,067 people experiencing homelessness in America. That number is appalling and also bizarrely specific.
238,110 of those people are in families
25% suffer from mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression
17% are considered chronically homeless
13% are fleeing domestic violence
12% are veterans
Ways to observe/help/celebrate
Using those stats as motivation, let’s observe this National Roofs Over Our Heads Day by helping others. Cool thing about this national day, is instead of just shoving an awesome cupcake into your face to celebrate, you can do some good.
- Volunteer at a local homeless shelter in your town – you can find one here
- Donate items to a local shelter
- Are you honestly too busy to volunteer or gather supplies? Really? Well, then donate!
- Make a meal for someone on the street AND talk with them, spend time, give them a hug
- Write to your local legislators to ask them to push for housing-first initiatives – find your local rep here
- Do any of those AND realize how fortunate you are. Had a few things gone a little differently in your life, you might not be as lucky as you are.
I think we should use all the random-ass national days to help others, so let’s start with National Roof Over Our Heads Day. Get out there and help, then humble brag about it in the comments section.