Homelessness affects hundreds of thousands of individuals, with LA’s Skid Row
having one of the largest populations of homeless people in the United States. Our LA office took one look at this statistic and saw it as a chance to support this population.
Alisha Stripling, an Inside Sales Executive at our LA office, has been volunteering at Skid Row for years and noticed that many homeless individuals didn’t have enough clothes. Given her experience, Alisha took the lead on helping Stericycle partner with My Friend’s House
, a non-profit that provides life-sustaining staples that include food, clothing, toiletries and encouragement to the homeless and economically disadvantaged, to help collect clothes to donate.
After rallying her colleagues behind the cause, Alisha left out three bins in the LA office and was astonished at how many clothes employees donated. Alisha then collected the clothes and delivered them to Skid Row, which is where her and her team met incredible people with incredible stories. While providing clothes to those in need is an important aspect of the clothing drive, a lot of the reward comes from meeting people at Skid Row and hearing their individual stories.
Homelessness carries with it a stigma, and it is important to take the time to listen, understand and let them know they are not alone. The smallest thing can inspire and encourage people to be better, and visiting those at Skid Row could change their lives for the better.
At Stericycle, it’s important to us to support our local communities in any way that we can. Donating clothes and showing support to people at Skid Row has been impactful not only for the homeless population at Skid Row, but also for our Stericycle employees.
We look forward to continuing our clothing drive and supporting those at Skid Row!