Advocate editorial board opinion: Group gains nonprofit status, becomes stronger force
By the Advocate Editorial Board
Dec. 6, 2011 at 6:06 a.m.
We were pleased to hear that the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition had gained its status as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.
Such a step will help the coalition to apply for grants and get members of the community involved, whether it's through donations or by volunteering their time.
In fact, the group has already received its first monetary donation as a nonprofit in the form of a $5,000 donation from Family Promise, a group of churches that works together to find homeless families shelter.
Jim Holm, a member of the coalition, says that money will be used as a first step toward one of the group's main goals, establishing a place for homeless families to stay while they work to get back on their feet.
"We need something for the first three or four days, for sure," Holm said. "At least until we figure out what can be done for them."
We encourage the coalition to pursue this goal, as well as their goal of community outreach to raise awareness of the homeless situation in Victoria. As people become more aware of the problem, they will be more willing to take part in helping their fellow man.
"There is a good deal of joy involved in seeing someone who is homeless come in and begin to contribute to the community," Holm said. "We have people in town who used to be very homeless and are now in an apartment or their own home."
We also encourage the community to show their support by volunteering or donating to this organization. Gaining nonprofit status is a step in the right direction, but more action is needed, especially on the side of support from the community.
This is a season, not just of celebration, but to give back to those in need. We applaud the Homeless Coalition for working to take care of their fellow man, and we encourage others to follow their example.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.