Operation Save the Streets is a mobile task force providing immediate relief to the homeless community by delivering meals, personal care necessities, clothing, job referrals and hope—direct to those in need.
Operation Save the Streets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a GuideStar Platinum Participant.
18,965 has been fed through this organization!-2019
Our efforts to bring dignified care and hope to homeless populations began in the holiday season of 1998 with homemade meal delivery to Downtown Los Angeles' globally known homeless enclave called "Skid Row". We decided to do it every year. We later expanded beyond meal service with a blanket program, which not only brought warmth on cold nights but a regular cleaning service for those blankets. In 2014, we took our annual community holiday support and made it official with Operation Save the Streets, now operating year-round to bridge homeless communities back to good health and good work. After countless interviews with those living on the streets about their needs, we honed our mission into effective programs to serve the homeless population in the following ways:
Healthy food. Good hygiene. Job-seeker support. Caring community.
“It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.”
What We Do
Our volunteer chefs create nutrition-rich, wholesome meals and deliver direct to those in need. Good, healthy food fuels positive, strong minds and bodies who can then focus on progressing to better circumstances. To date, we've fed over 18,000 souls.*2018
The need for food never ends—Neither should dignity.
When our street citizens win a precious job opportunity, how will they present themselves as equally worthy candidates without a closet filled with work clothing? Our Mobile Closet offers a wide-range of apparel suitable for the workforce and inspiring confidence in oneself.
The need for clothing never ends—Neither should dignity.
It's easy to take for granted the comfort and confidence that comes from basic hygiene in our daily lives, because it's always there for most of us. Imagine not being able to bathe, brush your teeth, wear deodorant whenever you needed to. Our team of volunteers offer a personal care kit of 17 crucial items our patrons have told us are life-changing for them, items that allow them to keep going.
The need for good health never ends—Neither should dignity.
Many people in the homeless community are there because they've reached the end of other services and have no other resources available to them. They are the invisible citizens who are ever-present in every single patch of land around the world. If you felt invisible and forgotten, literally pushed out by society, imagine what it would feel like to see people who care for you, your well-being, your opportunity.
Our volunteers are all-ages, from all walks of life, joined together by the simple fact that we see, we care, and we're doing something about it.
At any given time there are a half million Americans who are without the safety and comfort of a permanent home. The fallacy of homelessness is that for those who live it, there is or was a choice. The perception is often that homelessness exists as a differentiator of "lazy" people from hard workers. If the economic collapse of 2008 did anything positive, it proved once and for all that absolutely any human being is susceptible to the perils of homelessness. Homelessness does not discriminate. In the changing landscape of technology, manufacturing, ecologically motivated industrial reform... jobs are lost. As the population never stops growing while politics change what kind of healthcare or housing or work we have available to us, there will always be people left out, people unprepared for the change that comes to them. So while homelessness is a sad fact of human civilization today, and may always be, we can never turn a blind eye to the people who fall victim to it. Never. Ever. The greatest gift we have as humans, with superior intellect, in the greatest country in the world, the Unites States, is to look after one another without fail. Operation Save the Streets stands by this ideal. Will you join us?
If you believe as we do that all humans deserve safekeeping, loving kindness and to never be forgotten by our best angels, we need your help. There are so many ways to be of service and every grain of help nourishes so many. We are grateful.
What You Can Do
We enjoy the loving partnership of companies like Southwest Airlines®, Google®, Smart&Final®, and many more. There is no US, without THEM. To contribute funding, goods or services to support homeless recovery, please contact us →
Operation Save the Streets is an official Amazon.com "Smile" organization, receiving a small benefit from purchases made in our name. To help us while still enjoying great products at great prices...
Every person matters. Ever penny matters. Set up monthly recurring donations or single donations via PayPal.
You may also send a check to: Operation Save the Streets
PO Box 904, Lancaster, CA 93584
Our Mobile Closet, 17 Items, and regular hot meal delivery requires a constant supply of clothing, canned goods, non-perishables and fresh fruits and vegetables. Whatever you have to share, particularly sustenance that doesn't take up a lot of space for a person to carry, is welcome!
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.—Booker T. Washington
Spread the Word
Thanks to social media platforms, the world has become just small enough to wrap our arms around. Give us a hug, by spreading the word on social media platforms about our purpose and our projects in service of the community. Sharing is caring.