Help Me

Topics: Homelessness, Begging, Poverty Pages: 3 (842 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Persuasive Speech

Specific Purpose: To persuade my class to help the homeless in the Denver metro area by contributing efforts.

Central Idea: Helping an organization like Colfax Community Network can help the less fortunate and


I. Someone once asked Mother Teresa how could they make a difference as she had to Calcutta, India. A. She simply said, “Find your own Calcutta.”
1. This meant to make a difference; a person shouldn’t try to change every problem in the world. But by focusing on one problem, a person’s effort could make all the difference. II. Homelessness in Denver is my Calcutta and help is made possible by many organizations, I would like to speak about one in particular A. The Colfax Community Network organization.

III. Volunteering with the Colfax Community Network can change someone’s life and ease the pain of homelessness. IV. To change the world we must first change the city we live in. V. I would like to inform everyone of the effect homelessness has and to show the efforts of the non-profit organization, Colfax Community Network.

(Transition: Let’s look at the impact of homelessness in Denver.)


I. According to Denver’s Homelessness Plan, we are in the third year of a ten-year plan that will end homelessness in Denver. A. Denver spends 70 million annually on services for the homeless. 1. These services include shelter, healthcare, and other necessities II. Though, this has made great strides, there are still a large number of homeless in Denver. A. Over 40% of these homeless are women and children.

B. Specifically, children make up 50% of homeless on Colfax Avenue. 1. These children have changed schools on average eight times before they’ve reached the fourth grade. 2. As well, the sexual assault rate for girls younger than sixteen on Colfax is three times higher than the...

Cited: Nevitt, Chris. "Denver 's Homelessness Plan." City Council. Denver Government. 25 Feb 2008 .
"Services." Colfax Community Network. 2008. Colfax Community Network. 20 Feb 2008 .
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