GETTLOVE is dedicated to responding to the homeless as individuals whose humanity should be acknowledged and whose suffering should be relieved. We believe that the homeless are not simply “in” our community, but are actually a part of our community.
Unlike most organizations providing goods and services to the homeless, GETTLOVE goes to where the homeless can be found in a coordinated but random pattern of distributions designed to personally and individually connect with those living on the street, gathered at existing service sites and encamped in secluded areas.
GETTLOVE is committed to bringing loving, personal and individual recognition and communication to each individual we encounter in our daily distributions. We believe this interaction will reduce the desperation, loneliness and alienation so often fostered by ostracism and neglect and in turn produce greater harmony between the homeless and the rest of the community through an experience of acknowledgement, love and communication.
GETTLOVE recognizes its efforts will not solve the complex causes of homelessness and is not designed to do so. However, the spontaneous hand-to-hand and face-to-face distributions are intended to:
• acknowledge each individual as a human being
• demonstrate to those who may have lost hope that others do care
• re-affirm that we are all part of the human family
• bring some momentary relief to the daily suffering endured by so many
• show love to every human being regardless of their circumstances.
GETTLOVE provides some of the basic necessities of life, primarily food and clothing – to the homeless in Hollywood through direct and personal communicative encounters with individuals.
5-days a week, we assemble and distribute large checkered plastic bags containing good food, personal items and clothing – carefully chosen to meet the needs of individuals struggling to survive on the street. We distribute between 400 and 500 of these bags every week.
5-mornings a week, GETTLOVE provides breakfast nutrition to and conversation with up to 75 or 100 homeless individuals waking up on the street of central Hollywood.
At the beginning of Winter, we distribute warm winter jackets. In the Winter of 2006, GETTLOVE provided 2500 jackets to homeless individuals throughout the city of Los Angeles.
These efforts are designed not only to provide some of the necessities of life to very needy members of our community, but also to engage in responding to an equally important human need – acknowledgement and love through individual face-to-face social interaction.