National Roof Over Your Head Day was created to help people be thankful for what they have in life. Something as simple as a roof is often underrated. Hundreds of thousands of people today, even here in America, are either homeless or live uncertain of where they’re going to sleep tomorrow.
December 3rd is the day we reserve for acknowledging all of that. But how do you celebrate it? Here are a few ideas.
Why not take the day to celebrate your house itself? The best way to do that is to decorate it for the holidays. By December 3d there are plenty still left to celebrate, and whichever set you celebrate you can prep your house for on National Roof day. If you have kids, craft your own decorations and then hang them throughout the house.
Houses are as much about the people you share them with as the walls themselves. So, why not invite them all over? Throw a party for friends and family. Eat, be merry, and enjoy the company of those you love most. If you’re worried about costs, have all your guests bring over a dish or food of their own. That way the cost won’t just be on your shoulders; it’s spread out, so everyone involved pitches in.
The best way to appreciate what you have is to see those who don’t. Homeless shelters around the country are always looking for volunteers to help care for those who have fallen on hard times. Wherever you’re located, there’s likely a homeless shelter near you; do a quick online search and you’ll come up with more than a few options. Just be sure to check that they take walk-in volunteers.
Another, and sometimes even more effective way, of helping those who are homeless is to donate to charities that look to fix their problems long-term. Some of the most popular include: Beyond Housing, CommonBond Communities, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Donating money is often more effective than volunteering because it doesn’t require the charity to divert manpower to manage and educate a volunteer who will only last a day.
Knowledge is power, so why not take the day to understand the causes and challenges of homelessness? The causes of homelessness are actually very simple to grasp. The main causes are poverty, unemployment, and lack of affordable housing, but some lesser known ones include domestic violence and lack of access to healthcare.
Just as easy to grasp is the primary way of fixing homelessness: giving the homeless homes. While this seems obvious, pilot studies in California and other states have shown providing temporary housing for the homeless almost always leads to the beneficiaries getting back on their feet and within a year able to move out and live on their own successfully.
If you’re facing hard times financially (and who isn’t in this economy?) one of the most useful ways to spend National Roof Over Your Head Day is to budget and plan ahead for your own finances. A budget can be a powerful tool for long term growth, while a title loan can give you a short-term boost.