You do not have to go overseas to see or address poverty.
It is in our backyard. Over 3,000 people are homeless in the Dallas area, and over 500 are considered chronically, or long-term, homeless.
There are many programs, services, and shelters to help the homeless. But often a deeper need goes unaddressed: the need for relationship. People who are homeless have often lost their support system. That’s where we step in.
The Human Impact exists to befriend the homeless and bridge the relational gap to change lives.
Our method is simple: It is the oldest means of helping others, of loving them. It is through friendship.
We go to the same neighborhood multiple times a week where 500 homeless people live, either in a shelter nearby or an encampment. Since we've been going to the same place for nearly four years, we are trusted by the community.
We host birthday parties, funerals, Street-Side Salons, and art therapy sessions. We take people to the doctor, visit people during cancer treatment, help people get IDs, get housing, go to rehab, or get into addiction recovery. Most often you will find us just sitting with the homeless and talking as friends. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.
We seek to become part of the community. We support our friends as they take steps to deal with the underlying issues that contributed to their homelessness in the first place.
Our work doesn't stop when someone leaves the streets. We are in it for the long haul and are still there to support someone through relapse or other obstacles.
We believe many people want to do good but they sometimes don't know how. We're trying to make it easy to help the homeless in practical ways. As specific needs emerge, we work to pair homeless people with our volunteers who can help provide financial, legal, employment, addiction recovery, and emotional support.
We know people have busy lives so we start small: One person, one act, one time.
Any lasting relationship begins with taking a first step, so we encourage people to take one step. Learn more here.
We follow Jesus to "his poor" (Mother Teresa). We see God using his power to defend the cause of the vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed. We want to join him in this work—using our resources, network, and gifts to care for those he loves.