There are struggles to find people housing, help them with their mental health and get them on a stable path. When caseworkers can get all the pieces aligned to help someone who is homeless transition to a house, it is a major victory. But there will still be struggles. This is where Ride United can help.
“It is beneficial for our clients,” said Martinez. “Transportation is still a barrier.”
Transportation isn’t the only issue either. Situations like lacking income, social anxiety and physical disability can limit people from gaining access to grocery stores.
“What the Ride United program does is it provides access to food in way of delivery programs to people who don’t have access to grocery stories because they live too far away,” said Matt Lowe. “But it also helps people who may live close to a grocery store but don’t have the financial resources to buy the things they need.”
“The Kitchen Restore boxes have also been really incredible. There is a huge variety of utensils in the boxes. They are pretty hefty, pretty awesome… A lot of our clients have started out with nothing and this gives them a good starting point,” said Martinez.