The Giving Spirit provides both direct tangible aid and educates communities on how workable solutions informed by direct community engagement, powerful data, and our common humanity can alleviate and ultimately end homelessness leading the “first mile” of service to our unhoused. The first mile of care provides immediate, tangible aid to the unhoused by procuring, assembling, and directly serving them diverse and robust “survival kits” containing dozens of essential life-sustaining items.  

The first mile of learning informs, engages, and educates individuals, businesses and communities through curated platforms on the human face of homelessness, myths and realities surrounding the unhoused. With nearly 25 years of service, The Giving Spirit has touched over 90,000 unhoused lives and educated thousands in the broader Los Angeles community by putting faces and stories to unsheltered community members.