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City of T.O - Create Change FlyerPlease say no to panhandlers.

It's natural to want to help, but giving to panhandlers keeps them from connecting with services and may contribute to a continued life on the streets.

Moving out of homeless takes integrated support and resources; by supporting long-term solutions, you can help make a difference.

Say yes to charity, no to panhandling because:

  • It keeps people from connecting with available resources
  • It may be supporting drug or alcohol addition
  • It creates friction with local businesses
  • It takes the focus off lasting solutions
  • It encourages more panhandling
  • It further isolates individuals experiencing homelessness

HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN DONATE LOCALLY:

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Lutheran Social Services

*note - must list Thousand Oaks as specific area to donate locally

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Harbor House

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Community Conscience

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Manna

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Westminster Community Care Center