Helping Those in Need


Bethesda delivers care packages for homeless community

Individuals supported by Bethesda in Fremont, Calif., participate in a variety of therapeutic volunteer outings during the week as an opportunity to give back to the community in a caring, and helpful manner.

Recently, Bethesda Area Director Avalon Hendricks led a group on a trip to give back to the community of San Francisco.

Avalon, along with those supported by Bethesda, parked close to The Next Door Homeless Shelter where they handed out bags filled with snacks and hygiene products. They brought over 100 bags and within 30 minutes, all of the bags had been given away.

People supported by Bethesda enjoyed spending the day giving, meeting new people, and being of service. These opportunities foster new skills and volunteering helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities find meaning and purpose in their community.

The group plans to visit San Francisco again in February to distribute more bags to serve more people.

“While we cannot break the cycle of poverty in one day, we can continue to work towards lessening the barriers between the homeless and their communities,” said Hendricks.

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