Want to give something to a homeless person? There’s an app for that

It shows their stories but not their full names.

And that’s enough.

While the identities of the homeless men and women is kept confidential, the sad truth of their circumstances is laid bare in a phone app operated in the palm of a stranger’s hand.

Then, with the ease of clicking over some cash via electronic services like PayPal or GoFundMe, the app makes it possible for those strangers to contribute to the homeless person’s specific needs or goals — bus fares, haircuts, a pair of shoes, job training.

And, just as valuable, if in a different way, the donors also can write notes of encouragement, like the one sent to a 35-year-old homeless man in San Clemente.

“Good on you, Jeffery, for sharing your story and giving the privilege to someone like me to open my heart and pay it forward. You’re not alone.”

The saying on the back of a Samaritan shirt worn by Jeffrey, 35, who is homeless, a client of the nonprofit, Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, who has a profile on the phone app, Samaritan, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The phone app, Samaritan, was developed by tech company in Seattle which lets users make donations on their phones to homeless clients of participating service providers. The money can be designated to go toward such necessities as food, prescriptions, transportation, bills, and even housing. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Liz Graham is a housing case manager at the nonprofit, Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Family Assistance Ministries uses the phone app, Samaritan, which was developed by tech company in Seattle that lets users make donations on their phones to homeless clients of participating service providers. The money can be designated to go toward such necessities as food, prescriptions, transportation, bills, and even housing. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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A keyring sensor carried by a client is used in conjunction with the phone app, Samaritan, developed by tech company in Seattle, that lets users of the app know that someone is in their vicinity and that they may make donations on their phones to homeless clients of participating service providers. The money can be designated to go toward such necessities as food, prescriptions, transportation, bills, and even housing. The nonprofit, Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, is using Samaritan with some of its clients, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Jeffrey, 35, who is homeless, is one of the clients of the nonprofit, Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente who has a profile on the phone app, Samaritan, on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The phone app, Samaritan, was developed by tech company in Seattle which lets users make donations on their phones to homeless clients of participating service providers. The money can be designated to go toward such necessities as food, prescriptions, transportation, bills, and even housing. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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