There is a problem with homelessness. And not just being homeless, but with the way everyday people treat our homeless friends! A lot of times, someone in need is ignored, or they are "judged" in some way as not being worthy of our money, or time or our friendship. We don't even know why they are on the streets, and yet we assume we know why they are there.
But there are also people in our lives who are homeless and literally "hiding in plain sight" because they are couch-surfing or living in group homes. In fact, according to recent reports, USA student homelessness has reached more than 1.3 million homeless students in the 2013-2014 school year.
Vulnerable populations like these can only overcome their challenges if people like us show that we care. According to this study, when homeless students were asked what they "needed," they cited as very or fairly important having someone to talk to or check in with for emotional support (86%), connecting with peers or maintaining friendships (86%), participating in school activities including sports, music, art and clubs (82%).
I started Khloe Kares as a way to give the homeless community hope and to show that there is love and compassion.