This NYC soup kitchen offers food and medicine to homeless people and their pets and it gives us hope that more and more initiatives like this one will be taking place not just in New York or in the US, but in the rest of the world as well.
Every pet owner would rather starve than let his pet stay without food and when it comes to homeless people, these situations occur more often than they should. This is where Collide, a program started back in 2010, kicks in by offering food and medicine to homeless people and their pets.
The program also provides medical care, education and supplies to the homeless and their pets. From Spring to Fall, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Collide along with the Graffiti Church on the Lower East Side, serve a family meal to needy people from all over New York and their loving pets.
“Our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds, with many suffering from very daunting hardships,” says Jeff Latzer, a spokesperson for the organization.
“Since companion animals can play such a vital role in peoples’ mental and spiritual health, we see a lot of very memorable relationships, with a lot of clients working to improve their lives partially out of love and devotion to their pets.” he added.
For the past 5 years, over 300 animals and 200 homeless people were helped by the Collide program and plans to expand their reach and to help even more people are on their way.