This movement is all about being a voice for the voiceless. As we see too often, homeless men are stereotyped and stigmatized, making it difficult for them to overcome barriers to independence.
Also, those stigmas and stereotypes make it hard for St. Benedict’s to access funds and raise donations because of the preconceived notion that “they’re men and should be able to provide.”
The Be a Voice movement is designed to bring awareness: Our clients are flesh-and-bone men. Their circumstances can be changed through support, awareness, advocacy, services, housing, and people speaking out to destigmatize homelessness. Your voice can help the most vulnerable members of our society — and the places that fight for them.
How can you Be a Voice?
Support your local shelter
Speak out to destigmatize homelessness
Share your time, talents, and treasures
Advocate for shelter
In truth, many area residents are on the verge of homelessness. What we do today could have a lasting impact on tomorrow. Embracing homelessness, instead of dismissing it, is the best way to fight it.
We need to remember these individuals are our neighbors. Each of us has had an encounter with someone homeless or precariously housed, yet we probably didn’t recognize it. This movement is about taking action, speaking out, and getting involved to ensure everyone has a place to call home.