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How to help panhandlers

There are two programs in Oklahoma City designed to assist panhandlers — the City Rescue Mission's Compassion Card and the Homeless Alliance's Real Change voucher.
FROM STAFF REPORT Published: October 1, 2012
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How to help panhandlers

If drivers want to help panhandlers , a good way to help is to give a panhandler a voucher card to help them get to a shelter, Homeless Alliance Executive Director Dan Straughan said. Two programs Straughan suggests are the City Rescue Mission's Compassion Card and the Homeless Alliance's Real Change voucher.

• The Homeless Alliance's voucher program costs $1 per voucher which pays for a person's bus fare to the Homeless Alliance's three multipurpose shelters. Information: www.homelessalliance.org/?page_id=37

• The City Rescue Mission's Compassion Card program is a card with the shelter's phone number so a volunteer can pick up a person in need, and the card is free. Information: http://cityrescue.org/Websites/newcrm/images/CRM_0911_CompassionCards.pdf

Other items you can give to a panhandler are hygiene kits — without mouthwash — and socks, Straughan said.


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