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Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.
You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.
And How We Can Use These Lessons to Make Better Solutions
If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.
How Raniqua Learned to Embrace Change So Life Could Fall into Place
While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!
A look at Solutions’ success from its Overcomers
When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.
You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.
There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.
Sonya's journey with Solutions for Change
It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.
Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.
Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.
Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?
This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.
Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.
How committing to their community helped Joe and Sammie overcome The Churn.
The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.
We have collected some of our favorite overcomer stories to share the realities of homelessness in 2020 and the real solutions that are working now.
People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?
How top-down policies create the churn of dependency
Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.
While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.
While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.
Johnny and Monica's Journey to Stability
Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.
Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.
How Lilia Reclaimed Her Life and Career
On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.
As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.
The Rise of Veteran Homelessness and How We Can Help
For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.
Read about Roxanne's journey transforming her life and becoming an employee of Solutions for Change.
While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.
Poverty Can’t Be Ignored: How Perceptions of Homelessness Changed in the Great Depression
How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.
Finding Freedom Within a Community: How Justine Landed a Dream Job through Solutions for Change
A response from the Solutions for Change Board of Directors on the October 26, 2020 Union Tribune Article
On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.
How An Early 20th Century Researcher Discovered the Root Causes of Homelessness
There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.
Christa, a Solutions for Change Overcomer explains how the program saved her life.
It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the impact they can have in the world by spreading kindness.
Exploring the Past of Homelessness to Build a Better Future
Whether it be adopting an animal or helping in various other ways, we hope you’ll take part in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
“The most transformational thing Solutions for Change did for me was trust me. They trusted me to learn and work hard,” Jennifer said. “They saw value in me that I had never seen in myself. Being a productive adult built up my self-worth, which I didn’t even know I didn’t have.”
Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.
EXCITING NEWS! THE NEXT CHAPTER OF SOLUTIONS FOR CHANGE IS HERE! As a supporter of our mission to transform lives for families you are not only part of this next chapter, you are critical to its success!
With changing seasons comes more than just pumpkin-spice-flavored everything and crunchy fall leaves. The new season also brings forward new opportunities to do good out in the world.
What are you waiting for? The benefits of mentoring will not only give back to your mentee, but also to your community, and even to you.
While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.
Who knew that making a difference in the world could be as easy as wi-fi and your own couch? Leave it to the world of do-gooders to find ways to volunteer, even in the midst of a global pandemic!
When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.
Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.
This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.
In the United States, homelessness is an often-overlooked issue that has massive impacts on the health and wellbeing of families nationwide. David H. Crean (Board of Directors) wrote about the consequences of homelessness on the youth, demonstrated through a variety of studies. For instance, statistics show that homeless children are more likely to develop various physical and mental health-related problems. These in turn have…
In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.
When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.
On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.
Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.
When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.
There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.
If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.
Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.
How can we celebrate this day while respecting and supporting different experiences? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.
If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.
Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.
Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.
If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.
When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.
Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.
If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.
These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.
Dear Friends of Solutions for Change, You made something remarkable happen at a very scary and uncertain time that I want to share with you. The six hundred once homeless kids and their parents who live in one of the five different Solutions for Change campuses in Escondido, Vista and Oceanside are safe, healthy and they are, for the most part and in a strange sort…
Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.
Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.
When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?
Donation Needs During COVID’19 • Feminine hygiene items • Deodorant • Cleaning Supplies • Snack bars/protein bars • Trash bags • All non perishable foods • Milk • Eggs • Lunch meat • Hand sanitizer • Soap • Laundry powder • Paper towels • Toilet paper • Wipes • Disinfectant wipes • Gloves To make a monetary donation, click here We sincerely appreciate your help in this…
Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.
Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.
Did you know you can give back by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.
If you want your child to start on the right path, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.
Being homeless is living in a state of constant potential trauma. You’re at the mercy of the elements, you’re worried about your stuff getting stolen, and society treats you like a second-class citizen. It’s hard enough being homeless as an adult in America — imagine how this trauma affects a child. “Childhood trauma has lifelong negative effects on physical and mental health,” explains Dr. Ellen Bassuk…
Solutions Institute provides education, advocacy, and replication and business development services. The Institute serves the public by creating relevant information about homelessness and homeless assistance public policy and advocates for the homeless, communities, and taxpayers regarding laws and regulations to address homelessness. The Institute also promotes the Solutions for Change transformational model community by community to replicate its impactful work. Sign up here for updates…
The Huffington Post recently published an article titled “Why America Can’t Solve Homelessness.” It is a pretty typical piece of lazy journalism that blames the economy and apathetic government for increased homelessness. The article repeats the tired liberal saw that the economy is a fixed pie and when some people do well, other will do poorly. The Washington Post repeated this theme in its article “How…
It is very important to understand that the increase in homelessness and property crimes is happening by design, due to State of California’s legislative overreach that is handcuffing local cities. For nearly two decades I have been warning of the traps of symptom relief when it comes to dealing with the homeless issue. In fact, in 1999 we called ourselves Solutions for Change for this exact…
The second largest population of people experiencing homelessness is in Los Angeles. L.A. county hosts some 50,000 people living on the streets. in 2016, the City and County both passed tax increased to build more housing for the homeless. In addition to funding passed by the state of California, L.A. is swimming in money for the homeless. Despite billions of dollars of funding, L.A. is finding…
Every year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) submits an Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. This report provides national estimates of homelessness based on two sources: Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Point-in-Time (PIT) counts. This single annual report not only serves as a final report to Congress; it sets the standard homelessness policy that will govern the entire nation. Here…
Homelessness in New York Public Schools is at a record high of 114,659 students, that’s an estimated one in 10 students. The number of students in temporary housing has increased from 69,244 children in 2010 to 114,659 students. Often, when social problems increase, politicians and advocates stress the need for more money. The issue; however, is not a lack of resources, but a policy conflict regarding…