CHICO, Calif. - A local non-profit organization, Point of Contact, is bridging the gap when it comes to reaching out and helping the homeless.
Texas Tess has been living on the streets of Chico, but she is searching for a connection.
“I want to help people, but I want people to help me too,” said Tess.
Point of Contact is working to offer a hand-up, not a handout.
“We get familiar with people and figure out what their needs are,” said Sergio Martinez, co-founder of Point of Contact.
They are not building homes, but instead are building connections.
“We need to connect with people individually,” Laurie Maloney, co-founder of Point of Contact said. “By doing that we can get them to the right resources, and help these other organizations get people that fit their program into that program.”
They are working to meet people right where they are at and showing them compassion.
This compassion is being received with open arms from many in the homeless community.
“I need some sincerity,” said Tess. “A lot of people are very, very kind.”
Martinez said the group is not like other homeless programs.
"Sometimes it's just as simple as getting a phone call for somebody, connecting them to a family member or educating them on the resources that are actually here,” said Martinez.
This new outreach group relies heavily on community donation, but for now, most of the founders are dedicating their own time and money.
They are keeping their eyes on their vision.
"So we're here to be their voice,” said Martinez. “The ones that want help, we are going to help them and we're going to get people to help."
Click here to find out more information on the program and how you can help.