The Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project.
EGYHOP is a grassroots, all volunteer-run organization that provides emergency supplies, services, and resources to the homeless and low-income populations living on the streets of Olympia, Washington.
The mission of EGYHOP is to provide emergency supplies, services, and resources to the homeless and low-income populations living on the streets of Olympia. This population is made up of youth-at-risk, low-income people living below the poverty line, homeless people, and people who self-identify as part of the street population.
Our street outreach workers provide emergency intervention services on the streets of Olympia seven nights a week, during hours when the street population cannot access traditional services. In addition to relaying information about emergency resources (shelters, treatment centers, health care facilities, advocacy centers, and other critical care resources), we attempt to supply needed and requested items, which can include: blankets, socks, sleeping bags, camping gear, warm clothing, rain gear, food, hygiene and first aid supplies (bandages, medications, vitamins, and AIDS and Hepatitis-C prevention supplies).
As part of our outreach work, we aim to educate and empower the members of our community. We do this by directly providing information on survival skills and harm reduction, along with a familiar, friendly face to talk with. We also do this by being advocates for the homeless and low income populations and by informing the general public about our group, its mission, and the needs that it meets in our community. In so doing, we hope to strengthen this community and eliminate the prejudice and discrimination faced by some of its most vulnerable members.