Are you accessible to those around you? Be it business or personal, you should always lend an ear.
Not only can being accessible strengthen trust and relationships. But it is also vital to solving important issues.
What does this have to do with poverty or homelessness?
Think about it.
In order to be successful in getting the most help out to those who really need it, a program needs to be very accessible. Also think in terms of support and encouragement. Like Ms. Angelou says, lend an ear. Listen to your client, friend, or family member in need. I mean really listen hard and be there for them. That is the first step to helping someone succeed in life. Without the inspiration and desire to do so, all the assistance in the world is not going to matter. If someone is not encouraged, it will be a wasted effort. If you offer help that is not easily accessed, it is a wasted effort. But when you are accessible in times of need, this can make all the difference in someone's life.
So, the next time a client, acquaintance, or friend comes to you for help, be accessible.