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Cohac Rising is doing amazing things to support our homeless women in the DMV area. We would love to hear from you. Contact Cohac Rising and help provide support to women experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges to change their lives.
What is homelessness?
Homelessness is an extreme form of poverty characterized by the instability of housing and the inadequacy of income, health care supports and social supports. This definition includes people who are absolutely homeless (those living on the streets, sometimes referred to as “rough sleepers”); shelter dwellers (people staying temporarily in emergency shelters or hostels); the “hidden homeless” (people staying temporarily with friends or family), and others who are described as under housed or “at risk” of homelessness.
Is Homelessness a mental health issue?
People with poor mental health are more susceptible to the three main factors that can lead to homelessness: poverty, disaffiliation, and personal vulnerability. Because they often lack the capacity to sustain employment, they have little income. Delusional thinking may lead them to withdraw from friends, family and other people. This loss of support leaves them fewer coping resources in times of trouble. Mental illness can also impair a person’s ability to be resilient and resourceful; it can cloud thinking and impair judgment. For all these reasons, people with mental illness are at greater risk of becoming homeless.
Does Homelessness amplify mental health issues?
Homelessness, in turn, amplifies poor mental health. The stress of being homeless may exacerbate previous mental illness and encourage anxiety, fear, depression, sleeplessness and substance use. The needs of homeless people with mental illnesses are similar to those without mental illnesses: physical safety; education; transportation; affordable housing; and, affordable medical/dental treatment. When providing care to people who are homeless, it is essential to create a non-threatening and supportive atmosphere, address basic needs (e.g. food and shelter), and provide accessible care.
People with mental illness remain homeless for longer periods of time and have less contact with family and friends.
Cohac Rising is always looking to connect with community members who can volunteer their time in our Wellness and Enrichment Center in the areas of physical, spiritual, and mental wellness as well as employment and housing readiness. If these sound like areas you could assist with and would like to volunteer call us at (571) 354-8230 or contact us.
If you would like to to partner with Cohac Rising and become a Sponsor we would love your support. At this time all donations will go towards seed money in order to get our framework done and our entire program ready to start accepting participants.
If you would like to support our efforts, you can donate a one time amount of $200, $300, or $400, or you can donate quarterly at any dollar amount that you choose. You can also support Cohac Rising by purchasing items in our gift shop (Coming Soon).
*We have not yet filed our 501C3 status, so any donations you give at this time cannot be written off as a tax write-off.
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