Downtown Streets TeamPosted: November 12, 2014
We believe that to effectively address homelessness we need compassionate and innovative leadership, paired with collaboration among social service agencies, government agencies, individual communities, and the private sector. By educating individuals we can change perceptions of the homeless and low-income people living in our communities. As one of our Team Members has said, what we’re doing is a “win-win-win” scenario: the Team Member wins, the environment wins and the community wins – it doesn’t get much better than that.
Through our Award-Winning Work-First Model, we provide homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. First, they volunteer on one of our teams and begin working collaboratively on beautification projects. In return, they receive a stipend in gift cards to help cover their basic needs, while taking advantage of our case management and employment services to find housing and a job. Our ultimate goal is to find our Team Members employment because having a job restores hope and opens the door to countless opportunities. Our model is structured to be a one-year transitional program into permanent housing and employment. In short, our vision is to end homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Through volunteering on one of our teams, men and women are prepared for permanent employment and housing.