Shelter Us highlights the characters of a homeless family to humanize the crisis that is overwhelming by the numbers, to question assumptions about who are “the homeless” and to show how easy it is for the bottom drop out. On the flipside, it also portrays how a person in crisis is only one good Samaritan away from succeeding.

The agencies below help people lift themselves back to stability. Together we can make a difference.


PATH/Beyond Shelter PATH helps homeless individuals and families achieve economic security and well-being, through intensive case management, job training, and housing assistance.

Covenant House Each year in the U.S. alone, as many as 2 million youth experience homelessness, and every year more than 5,000 of these young people die on the streets. Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. combats poverty globally by making small loans to borrowers around the world, helping people improve their own lives. Whether it’s a Kenyan farmer who needs $500 to double her grain production or a young Bolivian woman who lacks tuition for nursing school, Kiva allows us to provide a hand up.

Help for Grieving Families

Grief and bereavement for the loss of a child are also huge topics in Shelter Us. Below are two communities that help thousands of families.

GriefHaven is a community to support families who have lost a child, including counseling. Its founder, Susan Whitaker, graciously read the manuscript of Shelter Us before it was completed and gave me feedback to ensure it was grounded in truth.

Return to Zero Center for Healing is a resource for parents to find home and healing after the death of a baby, including a child born still, through outreach, education, research, and retreats.

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