Westside CARES is neighbors helping neighbors. It prevents homelessness through food, clothing, laundry, healthcare, ID cards, mail, utilities, or rent; and it supports people experiencing homelessness in achieving housing, work, and health goals. Each year the nearly 22,000 neighbors we serve can rely on a safe space, where everyone is valued, to access the services they need to find home, health, and hope.
Westside CARES never gives up on its neighbors because we know that community is vital for transformation. We engage relationships to leverage both preventative and remedial programs, and design solutions that meet a neighbor’s specific needs, amplifying key programs to meet emerging needs. We meet neighbors where they are, as they are, and support them as they achieve their own goals for home, health, and hope.
Non-perishable food for our six food pantries; bottled water; diaper wipes; gloves; new men’s/women’s underwear for our clothing closet; community clean-up volunteers.
90% of Westside CARES neighbors have income that does not keep up with the basic cost of living in the region – especially in times when inflation is so high.
“The most helpful place we have ever found. They do amazing work and offer more help than any other place we have been. They gave me back a measure of hope that I haven't had in a long time.” — a neighbor who used WSC services in 2023