Collaborative & Innovative
When we do outreach we make profiles for each of the people we encounter. This includes: Name, Contact info (if applicable), time spent homeless, what led to them being homeless, job skills, incarceration, if they have ID, area they stay, if they are on disability, what the disability is, if they use drugs, what kinds, how long they've used, their goals, willingness to get clean, and an assessment of overall well-being (including anything the outreach team feels necessary to add).
We do this for several reasons. We want to track their progress as well as have an accurate assessment of the individual, even if its the first time we meet. This also helps us to generate statistics and gauge our own success rate. The database is private, privileged information that we do not share without first getting permission. This information will help us to find services and create a plan of recovery that is reasonable to attain, supplemented by continued support outreach, and in line with their own goals.
Community Care Program
When we find promising individuals who have shown willingness to cooperate and desire to change, we would like to offer them the chance to be a community sponsee. This would give groups, families, businesses, individuals, and organizations the opportunity to get involved. They could sponsor by offering jobs, spending time together, donating clothing, or even bringing them home for dinner or the holiday season.
This allows the community to get involved, and gives the sponsee a chance to build relationships with people who are a positive influence in their lives. This type of interaction can be uncomfortable for them at first, but it brings them one step closer to rejoining the community.
I.T.V. (It Takes a Village) is how we help many of the people we work with already. We would like to expand our network of allies so that no matter the situation or struggles a person faces, we can help them or get someone who can quickly. The video below is a perfect example. It has taken weeks for us to find someone who could help with her I.D. and birth certificate. It's still not set in stone that they can do it, they still have to make sure she has had a Nevada I.D. This Friday we are going to search for her and get the first step out of the way.
Once she has ID again we can get her medication and she can start collecting disability and we have found a place to take her in, once the medication has taken effect. She has been homeless a long time. In this case we are coordinating a joint effort of services, a group home, and one understanding lady. From initial interaction to taking action, nearly three weeks will have gone by. Then she will have to wait for the I.D. in the mail. Then regulate to the medication before we can get her a place to live. If we were working with more groups, services, and people, it is doubtful that this would have taken so long. She has far too many health issues, both mental and physical, to be left out there with no assistance.