Thursday, April 16, 2009

Check It Out> Service Provider Opportunities

Thank you Victoria ~ I hope we can work closer together in the troubled times to come. I got a Printout and will distribute it. Blessings.

Education for Liberation!
Peter S. Lopez ~aka: Peta

Sacramento, California, Aztlan

From: Victoria
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:36:57 PM
Subject: Service Provider Opportunities

Hi Peter,

Here is the flyer I spoke of. VOA is a little way down on the list.

Victoria O'Loughlin
Volunteers of America

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10- Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Sacramento County
Coordinated by the Ending Chronic Homelessness Initiative in partnership with the Community Services Planning Council
April 2009


Interagency Council Meeting:
April 15, 2:30-4:30pm SETA Building
925 Del Paso Blvd.
Board Chamber

Policy Board Meeting:
May 11, 4-6 pm
City Hall, 5th Floor

Sacramento Homeless Connect 2009
Saturday May 30
Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd. 95822

Member Retreat
May 14 1-5 SETA
Please RSVP to Susanna Curry by May 8

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Announcements From Our Partners

1. We Connect 's website serves as a one-stop-shop site, connecting Californians to programs and services for which they may be eligible.


Community Outreach to Tent City
Over the past month, the Ending Chronic Homelessness Initiative organized multiple outreach efforts to the largest camping area along the American River just north of downtown Sacramento. During these outreaches, community volunteers asked campers a variety of questions to gather information about who is living at this camp, what their obstacles are for entering shelters or accessing services, and whether they are interested in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH is safe and affordable long-term housing linked with flexible support services that are available as they are needed).

As of the end of March, the outreach team collected about 100 surveys and some interesting points of the survey are:
  • 65% of those surveyed have been homeless for more than one year.
  • 55% are disabled. Disabilities included limited walking, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, physical disabilities and injuries, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • 19% are veterans
As for housing and shelter:
  • 33% would be willing to go into the VOA Winter Shelter when they leave Tent City
  • 94% would accept permanent housing with voluntary services (PSH)
The City of Sacramento and the Sierra Health Foundation has funded the extension of the VOA Winter Shelter. The shelter will remain open until July 1, 2009 and 50 additional beds including private spaces for couples and individuals are now available. There is also more open space for recreation and outdoor enjoyment as well as extended hours of operation by two to three hours in the morning. Over night kennel services for pets is available at Loaves and Fishes as well as storage at the North B ST Salvation Army. These additions are also funded by the City of Sacramento.

Thank you to all of those who worked so hard on this effort! If you have any questions, please contact Tim Brown.
VOA Winter Shelter Service Provider Sign Up and Tour Information
If you are a service provider and are interested in spending an evening hour at the Winter Shelter to talk to clients during the upcoming weeks, email Nikki Stern, VOA Program Coordinator. Available times are Monday -Friday from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

An additional tour of the shelter is scheduled for Monday, April 20th from 10:30am-11am.
Homeless Connect Needs Volunteers!
Sacramento Homeless Connect is just around the corner on the weekend after Memorial Day on Saturday, May 30th from 10am-3pm at Sacramento City College.The planning team is busy inviting service providers, organizing logistics, and coordinating services! We are excited about this important community event..

We are looking for about 400 community volunteers to help the event run smoothly and effectively. We are excited to be partnering with Hands On Sacramento to help with volunteer recruitment and organizing. If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to register online at Hands on Sacramento.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for being this year's Presenting Sponsor of Sacramento Homeless Connect! Without their support and the support of our partners, the Salvation Army and the Community Services and Planning Council, this event would not be possible. Thank you!
Help Us "Come On Home" - A Fundraiser Event for Sacramento Homeless Connect
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society and the Ending Chronic Homelessness Initiative will join forces to engage community support in ending homelessness. A first-of-its-kind fundraiser titled, "Come on Home" will take place at the 36th Annual Sacramento Jazz Jubilee held on May 22-25. Donations received will support Homeless Connect. Organizers of Homeless Connect will be available throughout the weekend to answer questions and talk about Homeless Connect as well as collect donations.

For information about purchasing tickets to the Jazz Jubilee, click here.

Great News from the Faith and Homeless Families Initiative!
With the help of shelter case managers, trained mentor teams, congregation leaders, and our staff, the Faith and Homeless Families team has matched seven families with congregations!

The initiative provides temporary housing assistance, financial planning and education provided by mentor teams, and other supportive services to families through a partnership between faith congregations and service providers
. If you are interested in becoming involved with this initiative as it continues to grow, please visit our website for more information.

Ending Chronic Homelessness Initiative | 909 12th Street, Suite 200 | Sacramento | CA | 95814

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