Peer councils of homeless individuals prioritize requests for transportation, skills
training, certification renewals, and other basic needs that aren’t easily accommodated
by traditional service organizations.$10, $25, or $50 can help eliminate an obstacle
that would just be a nuisance for most. Help us provide this opportunity for empowerment,
community, and accountability.
Harold’s basic needs keep echoing in my mind… something to eat, a hat, a night off
the concrete, and a bus pass.
Journal Entry, February, 2011
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT A HAT FOR HAROLD?
We have no residency requirements, which often disqualifies people without valid
ID from receiving assistance.
We work directly within the homeless community eliminating their need for additional
We accept recommendations for grant recipients from a council of recipient peers.
Participation in the councils provides an opportunity for a rekindling of responsibility–-and
accountability–-and a sense of community.
Our grants are available for an individual’s specific needs that are difficult to
accommodate at traditional service organizations.
Real help. Real people.
"It's such a blessing to be a part of A Hat for Harold. I believe it's one of the
greatest programs that's out there for the homeless. Keep up the good work, and a
big thank you goes out to each person that donates!"
- Jerry, a former client who became an assistant leader at our Jessup council