Hope through Project Wake Up Call

Did you know that, on any given night in America, there are more than half a million people sleeping in the streets? The 2016 report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness states that low-income housing is part of the key to resolving this ever-present issue. No one deserves to sleep without a roof over his or her head.

It is with the communities in mind that Hotel RL has set out to help put an end to homelessness through our philanthropic initiative, Project Wake Up Call. We’ve partnered with local photographers to capture and reveal that state of homelessness in America, and aligned with recognized charities to help our homeless communities get the help they need. Last year, we partnered with the City Pak Project to deliver backpacks filled with snacks, toiletries and other essentials to those in need. We don’t stop there; throughout the year, we’ve had special programming on The Living Stage to showcase, inspire and activate the community to become involved.

So how can you get involved? If you donate $100 or more to one of our partner charities, you will get one free night at Hotel RL on us.

Learn more about each charity partnership with our Hotel RL locations:

  • Hotel RL Spokane – Blessings Under the Bridge helps to feed the homeless and provide needed supplies to them.
  • Hotel RL Olympia – SideWalk has helped put over 500 people off the streets and into permanent housing.
  • Hotel RL Omaha – Youth Emergency Services helps our at-risk and homeless youth. Did you know that over 1/4 of the homeless population is children?
  • Hotel RL Salt Lake City – The Road Home provides a fast process to help the homeless find housing.
  • Hotel RL Baltimore – Health Care for the Homeless is a charity that supplies health care and affordable housing to those in need.
  • Hotel RL Brooklyn – The Ali Forney Center focuses on LGBTQ youth services. Over 110,000 LGBTQ youth are homeless in America.
  • Hotel RL DC – Unity Health Care provides health and other services despite the person’s ability to pay.

Turn to your local Food Bank, Soup Kitchen or Donation Center and lend a helping hand. The most needed items most often forgot about are:

  • Bathroom Needs: Toilet Paper, Diapers and Feminine Hygiene products
  • Underwear and Socks
  • Blankets
  • School Supplies
  • Pet Food/Supplies
  • Used Bicycles

A simple smile, an act of kindness or a welcoming “Hello” can go a long way. Acknowledge the people you pass by on the street and perhaps strike up a conversation. Loneliness is a common feeling they share and can be a harder obstacle to deal with than the loss of tangible things.