Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness Student-led service and advocacy group focused on tackling systemic poverty and homelessness in Houston. Find out more at: coalition.rice.edu

The purpose of this organization is:

1. To develop sustainable programs providing immediate relief services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged. This may come in the form of, but is not limited to, monthly preparation and delivery of sack lunches for the homeless, hygiene kit distributions, and volunteer placements at local non-profits servicing the economically disadvantaged.

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The purpose of this organization is:

1. To develop sustainable programs providing immediate relief services to the homeless and economically disadvantaged. This may come in the form of, but is not limited to, monthly preparation and delivery of sack lunches for the homeless, hygiene kit distributions, and volunteer placements at local non-profits servicing the economically disadvantaged.

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Operating as usual

04/23/2021

Hello guys! Our SFA this week is back on, also we have another event planned:

Hey Coalition!
Hope y’all are doing well. We are excited to announce our Trivia Fundraising Competition to be held during the last week of school from Monday, April 26th to Friday, April 30th (11:59 p.m.) where proceeds will be donated to help with food insecurities from the winter storm. Keep an eye out in your inboxes on April 26th for the trivia quiz--there are over 100 questions to be answered within 5 minutes, so try and answer the quiz to the best of your ability!

Prizes include:
First place: $20 amazon gift card
Second place: $10 amazon gift card
Third place: $5 amazon gift card

There are unlimited attempts allowed on the quiz, but each attempt will require a $1 venmo donation to @coalitionrice. Best of luck!

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09/28/2020

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09/28/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Hi everyone, hope you are all as safe and healthy as can be! Come join our Virtual Study Break in leisure reading to understand the homeless.

Today, September 28, 2020 7-8 PM CT, we are having our first Coalition Rice Book Club through Zoom! We will be reading and discussing Chapter 1 from Postcards from Lonnie by Lisa Johnson. It is a memoir documenting the lives of Lisa and her brother, Lonnie, and how he lived as a member of the homeless community in Houston. Although it involves only one perspective, the book still gives us a glimpse of how the homeless live and offers a chance for us to understand them more. Hopefully by the end of this school year, we can devise some projects or solutions to meaningfully impact our fellow community members!

The book will be provided digitally at the meeting. We will set aside the first 30 minutes for you to leisurely read and then discuss the material in the last half. It is an easy read, and I think you will enjoy how personal the story is! Hope to see you there.

Zoom link: https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/j/95702039231?pwd=QVpocmw1Y3M2WEVrY2k0WGdGVm15UT09
ID: 957 0203 9231
Password: 609129

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Rice Coalition is a service organization that focuses on tackling systemic poverty and homelessness in Houston. Througho...
08/11/2020

Rice Coalition is a service organization that focuses on tackling systemic poverty and homelessness in Houston. Throughout the years we host events like Sandwiches For All (packing sack lunches for homeless shelters), donation drives (school supplies children and clothes for adults), tutoring opportunities (Rice students mentor the community), and Homelessness Awareness info sessions. As a student-led service and advocacy group based out of Rice University, we hope to see new members this year. Come check us out at the Club Fair and join us in giving back to the local community!

Rice Coalition is hosting a School Supplies Drive for the House of Tiny Treasures (HTT),  an organization that provides ...
08/10/2020

Rice Coalition is hosting a School Supplies Drive for the House of Tiny Treasures (HTT), an organization that provides education to children who are either homeless or living in deep poverty. We are collecting supplies such as bubbles, sidewalk chalk, paper (construction, drawing, 3 x 5 note cards, copy paper), watercolor sets, Play Doh, balls (beach, soft, etc), pencils, pencil sharpeners, and family friendly board games (i.e.: Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders).

You can find our donation boxes in each of the college commons from August 24-28th. The kids would really appreciate these supplies especially during the unique upcoming school year when resources may be scarce. If you have any extra materials from home feel or have left over O-Week supplies, please consider donating to the children at HTT!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homeless-people-coronavirus-california_n_5e6978a5c5b6dda30fc2d2ceThis article focused on ...
05/26/2020
Homeless People Are Especially At Risk Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homeless-people-coronavirus-california_n_5e6978a5c5b6dda30fc2d2ce

This article focused on homelessness in California, which is one of the states with the highest number of reported COVID cases. Though there have been health measures in place to try to slow the spread in homeless populations, such as distributing hand sanitizer in shelters and setting up hand washing stations, homeless advocacy groups point out that there needs to be more efforts made. Many people in homeless communities are seniors or have chronic health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus. Some cities, such as San Francisco, have set up emergency funds towards cleaning shelters and setting up more hand-washing stations, however, groups such as the Coalition on Homelessness are also pushing for halting evictions and encampment sweeps, to encourage more rest and connection with outreach workers. Some temporary measures to improve the situation that are being suggested include taking setting aside more spaces for quarantine, and to push for more resources.

In California, where both homelessness and COVID-19 cases are on the rise, cities are rushing to help unhoused people — but advocates worry it won’t be e...

Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close"Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably...
04/26/2020
Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close

Coronavirus: Homeless families lose key support as schools close

"Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably housed families, that brings difficult choices, increased risk."

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/coronavirus-homeless-families-lose-key-support-schools-close-200327164626445.html

Health experts advise closing schools, but for unstably housed families, that brings difficult choices, increased risk.

COVID-19 is affecting the entire world, including the homeless population in America. With the closing of public spaces ...
04/13/2020
Cities struggle to protect vulnerable homeless populations as coronavirus spreads

COVID-19 is affecting the entire world, including the homeless population in America. With the closing of public spaces such as restaurants and libraries, the homeless population lost access to restrooms and places to sanitize themselves. Additionally, it is difficult to practice social distancing within homeless shelters. The government has explored opening up vacant hotel rooms as a solution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/cities-struggle-to-protect-vulnerable-homeless-populations-as-coronavirus-spreads/2020/03/20/1144249c-67be-11ea-b5f1-a5a804158597_story.html

Those who can’t self-quarantine or practice proper hygiene are particularly vulnerable.

Hi everyone! The 2020-2021 officer application for Coalition Rice is now open, and can be found here: https://forms.gle/...
04/10/2020
Coalition Rice 2020-2021 Officer Application

Hi everyone!

The 2020-2021 officer application for Coalition Rice is now open, and can be found here: https://forms.gle/ZNvR8PAYeFYNAAsH8. Consider applying if you'd like to be more involved with our club!

The deadline is Friday, April 17th at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions or need an extension, please reach out to Jennifer Ho ([email protected]) or Evelyn Syau ([email protected]).

If you'd like to apply to hold a Board position in Coalition Rice, please fill out this form. Due Friday, April 17th at 11:59 pm. Description of roles: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-sR9rEtHsN1THaWosZwDFscXsDM0d7WL-TMghn1Xlg8/edit?usp=sharing If you have any further questions about the duties....

Hi everyone! Since our Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event will be virtual, we will be posting relevant articles wee...
04/06/2020
New York City Has Done Almost Nothing to Protect 70,000 People in its Homeless Shelters From Coronavirus Spread

Hi everyone! Since our Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Event will be virtual, we will be posting relevant articles weekly to continue the conversation of how people experiencing homelessness are being affected during the pandemic.

https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-new-york-city-homeless-shelters/

Shelters are crowded places with shared equipment that make social distancing for those who are homeless nearly impossible. Case managers work from home, an option that those who are homeless do not have and as a result, make them feel left behind. New York aims to reduce crowded street encampments through forced removal of homeless encampments on public property but they are ineffective because the homeless just move to invisible encampments or get arrested in crowded jails, neither of which solve the overcrowding problem. There are many vacant hotels that could be offered as housing for those on the streets but a policy like this is not a priority for the New York government.
Implications: Healthcare policies catered towards those who are homeless have not been understanding of homeless’s limitations in carrying out their advice. Ignoring concerns of those who are homeless are potentially fatal during the COVID-19 crisis.

“To treat us like the dregs of society is not nice. We all are equally important and I wish sometimes people would see that.”

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03/07/2020

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02/01/2020

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Have you thought about holiday gifts yet? Is your friend's birthday coming up? Do you need a unique, qUiRkY gift for you...
11/16/2019

Have you thought about holiday gifts yet? Is your friend's birthday coming up? Do you need a unique, qUiRkY gift for your boo? Do you want to trick your family members and non-Rice friends into thinking you spent a lot of money on a customized gift? Send in a laser-cut order at https://forms.gle/KcEDEz6pk4oZqaiP8!!! The funds raised will go to Rice's Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness.
$9 for custom made designs (you send in an image you draw/create yourself) and $7 for pre-existing ones (see link for more details.)
The link will close on Wednesday, 11/20

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11/07/2019

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10/31/2019

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09/09/2019

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Good news, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser this semester! We can cu...
09/05/2019

Good news, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser this semester!

We can cut any designs that you want for $7-9 including door signs, coasters, personalized gifts, and cool room decor.

To order a custom laser cut wood print and support us in helping the homeless, click here.

https://forms.gle/cpsgZhnnwhZ7F8bc6

Here are some examples!

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness's cover photo
04/11/2019

Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness's cover photo

Come to our homelessness panel event on April 6th!
03/04/2019

Come to our homelessness panel event on April 6th!

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwic...
03/03/2019

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs! See y'all next month!

A big thank you to all of y'all who came to our March Sandwiches for All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs! See y'all next month!

Don't know what to get your gf/bf for Valentine's Day? Too broke to get an expensive gift? Coalition Rice can help!We ha...
02/09/2019

Don't know what to get your gf/bf for Valentine's Day? Too broke to get an expensive gift? Coalition Rice can help!
We have some ~special~ Valentine's Day designs that you can order for our laser cutting fundraiser. These cute designs are perfect to get for your mans/girl/crush/best friends/whoever! And they're only $6! ($8 if you decide to order a custom design instead)

Order by the end of today (2/9!) so we can get them to you in time for Valentine's Day! Our order form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dB5URLzbsL5Ao7CQkYfcSHx64xtM104WtVZYwkdMEUM/edit

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distri...
02/02/2019

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distribute to shelters in the greater Houston area. See y'all next month!

Photos from our February Sandwiches for All event! Thanks to your help, we made 200 sandwiches and snack-packs to distribute to shelters in the greater Houston area. See y'all next month!

After fulfilling 66 orders last fall, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundrais...
01/27/2019

After fulfilling 66 orders last fall, Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is continuing our laser cutting fundraiser into this semester!

We can print any designs that you want - door signs, coasters, bookmarks, Valentine’s Day gifts 👀😩😏, cute room decor, we can do it all. You can either send us a picture of a design you want or you can be ~artsy~ and make your own design!

With that being said, if you want to order a custom laser cut wood print to support us, go to this link! —> https://forms.gle/cpsgZhnnwhZ7F8bc6

For just $6-8, you can support our organization & also get a super cool laser cut print! ($6 for a pre-existing design, $8 for a custom one!)

Below are some of the prints that we’ve done so far:

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches...
11/11/2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs that we'll be distributing to Houston shelters such as SEARCH and Emergency Aid Coalition. See you at our next event (including our boba sale tonight)!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our November Sandwiches For All event! With your help, we made over 200 sandwiches and snack packs that we'll be distributing to Houston shelters such as SEARCH and Emergency Aid Coalition. See you at our next event (including our boba sale tonight)!

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sa...
10/13/2018

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sack lunches in just one hour. Thank you so much and we can't wait to see you next month! Feel free to tag yourselves or your friends.

A big thanks to all the volunteers and their families who came out to help us! With everyone's help, we made over 200 sack lunches in just one hour. Thank you so much and we can't wait to see you next month! Feel free to tag yourselves or your friends.

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our first Sandwiches-For-All Event and made it a success! We made 215 ...
09/03/2018

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our first Sandwiches-For-All Event and made it a success! We made 215 PB&J sandwiches/sack lunches in less than one hour :)

04/25/2017

10 MINUTES UNTIL BOBA!

If you want to make boba with us (as much as you want), come to the Jones Kitchen and bring $5!

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our February SFA event and helped out yesterday! We made 662 sandwiche...
02/20/2017

A big shout-out to all the volunteers who came to our February SFA event and helped out yesterday! We made 662 sandwiches and sack lunches in total :)

Terrific piece by Isabelle Soifer, former OWLSHelp Consultant -- on the importance of having comprehensive, individualiz...
09/05/2015
Soifer: Combating poverty, one person and one policy at a time

Terrific piece by Isabelle Soifer, former OWLSHelp Consultant -- on the importance of having comprehensive, individualized approaches to addressing poverty and homelessness.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Soifer-Combating-poverty-one-person-and-one-6486061.php

Nearly 400,000 individuals were estimated to be living in households with Supplemental Security Income, cash public assistance income or the federal assistance program known as food stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. According to Truong Lam, a member of Rice University's Coalition…

07/08/2015

A real reminder of the kindness of strangers:

Today as one of our volunteers was getting a haircut, they found themselves talking to another customer about homelessness and the Rice Coalition. The customer was so moved that he donated $500 on the spot. Sometimes it's worth remembering that there are truly good people out there.

05/19/2015

In other news, after three years of work and 43 events, we just hit our latest milestone. As of yesterday, RCoHH has distributed over **20,000** meals to the homeless and low-income families throughout the city of Houston. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our cause.

Hey Rice Students! Are you interested in helping Houston's homeless? Are you looking for an opportunity to be a service ...
03/10/2015
Sandwiches-for-All: - Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness (RCoHH)

Hey Rice Students!

Are you interested in helping Houston's homeless? Are you looking for an opportunity to be a service leader on campus?

The Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness is currently seeking 3-5 committed students to serve on the leadership team of its newly created Sandwiches-for-All board.

Our current leadership team is soon to graduate and we're looking to find committed student leaders willing to keep this project going. This new board will oversee all aspects of the Sandwiches-for-All Initiative from 2015-2016.

If you're interested in being a a part of this board shoot an email to [email protected] introducing yourself with the subject line: "SFA Board".

You can learn more about the project on our website: http://coalitionrice.org/sandwiches/

Projects >> Sandwiches-for-All “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that lies your strength” – Mother Teresa Overview | Logistics | Achievements | Start-Your-Own | Gallery | Get Involved Overview: Once a month, every month our group the Rice Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness hosts…

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Can I bring my two year old? I want to teach her early...if she does tantrums I have my cell to entertain her