Homelessness: Hands On to Hands Out


This month, we’re zooming in on homelessness,  sharing ways to help, including – but not limited to! – crocheting cozy scarves.  But what about money?

Handing a few coins or dollar bills directly to a homeless one seems like the compassionate thing to do.  And sometimes the money is used wisely.  Sometimes, not so much.

To help the homeless long-term, consider giving directly to a homeless and/or recovery shelter in your area.  Let them share your gift in a way that is safe, loving, and very much less likely to feed the problem.

What Else Can We Do?

The homeless on the street need our help.  Some won’t go to a shelter until they experience a taste of God’s love for them right where they are.  On the street.

First, stay safeThen serve.


Keep Compassion Bags in Your Car

What’s a Compassion Bag?

A small plastic bag with a bar of soap, a washcloth, tissues or a bandana*, a bottle of water, a package of crackers, maybe even a little homemade gift, and information about your local shelter.


Refer them to two places:

  • A local shelter or recovery program.
  • The heart of God for them in Jesus Christ. Sharing food and water is good.  Food, water, plus an interest in their eternal salvation and knowing God here on earth? Even better!


Drop of Love

What to Say When They Accuse

Yes, some will accuse you of not caring.  Of not loving them.  But there is an answer to their accusation: love in action.

Donate Goods and Services to a Local Shelter or Recovery Program

Share with those who approach that you’ve placed your treasures in God’s hands through a local outreach. Then direct them to that outreach.

If they truly want your help, you’ve already answered their need.


Tell Them About Your Family’s Involvement

Let them know you volunteer hands-on at a local mission.

Families are often welcome to serve in structured activities.

Children are appreciated for their

  • hearts of compassion
  • their good work ethic
  • their mature manners

Not sure your children have those qualities?  Teach them the importance with your words. And model it for them in your actions.

More about the homeschool-homeless connection.

Crochet a Scarf

A handmade scarf can be such a comfort, and it’s a lot easier to carry around than a heavy crocheted blanket.

Scarf Pattern for a Homeless One

 Are you crocheting along? 

Simple Scarf Pattern

A Bit Jazzier Scarf Pattern

It’s Never Too Late to Help …

… unless there are no homeless left in your city.

In that case, send your scarves to ours.  Smile

We have plenty.  Sad smile


REALITY CHECK:  As I write this, I am coughing with a chest cold and it is very very cold outside.  Can you imagine having a cold and living on the streets?  My husband mentioned last night that the mission’s cafeteria now has temporary beds laid out because “people die out there in temperatures like this.”

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  1. Would you please indicate the number of stitches in the patterns… example Row 1 25 DC I want to seen if I can get some ladies to crochet scarves for the homeless… would like to copy the 3 different patterns for each of the ladies… as their abilities will differ, and it would be easier for the individuals to check to make sure that the scarf is correct. It would also be helpful if you gave a suggestion of how many rows one would want to include in an ‘average length scarf’ before beginning the end ridge rows.

    • Hi Noreen, absolutely!

      Each row will have 26 dcs, as the turning chains create the first stitch on each row.

      As far as the length goes, it really depends on how long one wants the scarf and how tight the stitches are crocheted.

      Using a G hook, the average gauge seems to be 1 row of dc = 1/2 inch.

      So, I would make 90 rows of dc between the ribbing on both ends for both the Simple Scarf and the Bit Jazzier Scarf.

      The Even Jazzier Scarf is a bit longer because there are more rows to the decorative ends, so you might want to shorten the mid-section of the scarf by several rows, maybe making it 70-80 rows between ridges.

      It really is a matter of personal preference and the weather in your area. Warm weather folks wouldn’t need a long, wide scarf, but those in the colder winter states might like being able to wrap around it a time or two.

      I’ll update the patterns themselves, as well. Thank you for pointing out the need for detail. I’ve crocheted for many, many years, but am rather new at pattern writing. 🙂

      What a gift of inspiration you are to the ladies in caring for those who, for many reasons, are homeless and in need.

      Let me know if I can help with anything else. 🙂


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