QTC lends a helping hand in the homeless community
More than 567,000 individuals make up the population experiencing homelessness in America. All of these individuals are forced to face tough decisions on what life-saving items they can afford every day.
Hygiene is a crucial factor that aids the well-being of both physical and mental health, and many are left with the consequences of no adequate access to sanitary products. Continued community services to those facing homelessness during the spread of COVID-19 are matters of life-or-death.
To address the need for these imperative products in local communities, QTC San Dimas packed and gathered approximately 200 hygiene kits for those experiencing homelessness. QTC collaborated with longtime community partner Inland SoCal United Way to aid their efforts in supporting those in need.
“I couldn't think of a better, more enthusiastic, competitive, and efficient group of people to ask,” said Inland SoCal Engagement Coordinator Crystal Lam.
Inland SoCal needed last-minute help, and QTC staff rushed to offer their assistance. The team packed the hygiene kits with preferred necessities such as toothbrushes, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, laundry detergent, mouthwash, and soap.
Hygienic and sanitary products can often be the last thing of essentials, as individuals opt to choose over other needs such as meals and shelter. Thanks to the kits created, those in need will have a chance to get some much-needed self-care.
"In a time when so many people around the world are experiencing hardship," says Christine Natividad, QTC executive TA and Inclusion & Diversity lead, "This volunteer activity was a reminder that together, we can continue to change lives in our communities. It was humbling to know that Inland SoCal United Way reached out to us specifically and thought of us as an enthusiastic and efficient group to get the job done so the homeless kits could be distributed. We know that many of those affected by homelessness, include our veteran population and that hits home for us, and our mission to support the military community.”