"BECAUSE WE CARE"
Our vessel for this contribution is through what we call “The Elliot Bag.” Upon Elliot’s untimely passing away from addiction, his mother too felt a sense of responsibility and purpose to help others. She vowed to lovingly fill bags with every day essentials and distribute them amongst the homeless. Upon hearing about her plight, Royal Life Centers began the “The Elliot Bag” program. These bags are prepared and handed out weekly to the homeless in the community by our current guests and staff members. Each bag contains the following items:
- Water & Snacks (tuna, peanut butter crackers, granola bars, and cookies)
- Toiletries (shampoo, razor, shaving cream, comb, deodorant, tooth brush, tooth paste, and feminine products)
Because We Care, in addition to honoring Elliot’s legacy, each time we hand out a bag, a former guest that has passed away is honored by writing their name on the bag. While handing out the bags in the community weekly, we eagerly search for individuals that are willing and desperately seeking treatment to become clean and sober. We always have 6 beds available to serve the homeless, 2 individuals at each center. Each time one individual completes treatment, we provide a new individual a scholarship. Once 6 new individuals have entered treatment in honor of a particular client, we change the name on the bag in remembrance of another guest that has passed. To date, thousands of bags have been handed out and several hundred homeless have received at least 101 days of treatment (detox, residential, aftercare). This is a FREE scholarship program in honor of those who have unfortunately lost their lives to addiction.
We continue our community involvement in any way we can, which includes keeping our communities beautiful by adopting streets. Our centers “adopt” local streets to support community pride and civic responsibility, and our staff and guests volunteer to keep them free of litter and/or vandalism through regular cleanups.
Trash pick-up and community service
We also support our communities through litter cleanup and other acts of community service.
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