Build Rehabilitation Industries ‘Clients’ with Developmental Disabilities Assemble, Package and Ship ‘The Good Samaritan Kits’ To Help The Homeless
The GOOD SAMARITAN KIT contains practical hygiene and survival tools the homeless need everyday, yet are unable to obtain. You can help by giving them an opportunity to take better care of themselves, while also providing them with the comfort of knowing they are not forgotten.
Contents: Survival Blanket, SPF 30 Sunblock, Toothpaste, Antibacterial Hand Wipes, Bandages, Soap, Snacks
All these contents are packed in a reusable waterproof reflective bag by people with disabilities who want to help the Homeless.
With Los Angeles County’s homeless population topping record numbers, Build Rehabilitation Industries, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for purposeful employment, greater independence and a better way of life for individuals with developmental disabilities or anyone with a barrier to employment, has created The Good Samaritan Kit containing necessities for the homeless to better care for themselves.
“For over 40 years, Build has been committed to providing adults who have developmental, physical and other disabilities the opportunity to learn and develop marketable job skills,” said Matt Lynch, CEO, Build Rehabilitation Industries. “Our disabled participants are building a foundation as they assemble, package and ship The Good Samaritan Kits, which may help them potentially obtain gainful employment in the future.”
The Good Samaritan Kit is an effective way to give a person in need the chance to better care for themselves while also providing them with the comfort of knowing they are not forgotten. Packaged with great care, The Good Samaritan Kit contains essential hygiene and survival tools including a heat-reflective blanket, sunblock, soap, bandages, antibacterial wipes, a snack, toothbrush, toothpaste, as well as a current list of shelters and other homeless resources in Los Angeles.
“By purchasing and distributing The Good Samaritan Kits, local businesses, churches, youth groups, Community Outreach Programs, and community leaders are making a difference everyday in the lives of those who may have lost all hope,” Mr. Lynch continued. “While at the same time, they are also supporting Build’s mission to provide vocational rehabilitation, resources, job training and placement to our disabled participants whom also experience employment instability and barriers.”
The Good Samaritan Kits are available through the Build Industries website for a tax-deductible donation of $5.00 each and may be picked up at any of their four locations. On orders of over 100 kits Build will print your logo or corporate name prominently on the Kit then deliver locally at no cost.
The number of homeless in Los Angeles County has grown significantly in the last three years spiking to over 44,000 according to a report published in
May 2015 by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The lack of affordable housing, untreated mental illness, high rents, and unemployment, among other factors, has contributed to the situation, and the cities and municipalities have been unprepared to accommodate this increasing number.
Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless in America and the people that make up that population may surprise some – 20 to 40 percent are families; up to 10,000 are unaccompanied youth sleeping on the street; those with physical disabilities make up another 20 percent, just to name a few. Unfortunately up to 75 percent of the homeless do not receive the public benefits to which they may be eligible.
The Cal State University system recently reported in a preliminary CSU study that about 10% of their students experience homelessness with another 23% who worry about where they will get their next meal or are skipping meals due to their financial situation.
This spring Los Angeles County could potentially see an unprecedented number of homeless living on city streets, in their cars and in encampments.
Established in 1967, Build Rehabilitation Industries (BRI) is a nonprofit organization based in Southern California dedicated to providing opportunities for purposeful employment, greater independence and a better way of life for individuals with developmental disabilities or anyone with a barrier to employment. Through their various programs, Build has assisted more than 9,000 adults by offering vocational rehabilitation designed to help assess the individual’s interests and skills, then provide the training needed by the individual to achieve their highest potential and enhance their quality of life.
Build Rehabilitation Industries is a reliable community partner and respected by care providers, Regional Center counselors, Department of Rehabilitation, members of the developmentally disabled and special needs communities, as well as their families.