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Entries in outreach (57)

Friday
Aug112017

Homeless Still Need Help in the Summer!

Joyce Robinson of NEOCH sorts items purchased with SocksPlus funds

It is hot and the dog days of summer.  No one is thinking about homeless people at this time.  Did you know that the population does not decline in the summer.  Yes, the number of men staying in the shelter decreases in the summer.  Many find it easier to sleep outside during the summer.  They use the drop in centers for showers and meals, but spend their time sleeping in tents, under bridges or in abandoned structures.  So, it is not as though they have ended their homelessness as much as they took a break from shelter. 

The number of families experiencing homelessness actually increases during the summer.  Grandma has been helping out the daughter and her kids so that they do not have to change schools during the school year, but cannot take a summer of the kids around the house endangering the Grandma's housing if the landlord finds out.  It is too much of a strain for many families and they relocate to the shelters. 

The homeless outreach teams are out building relationships with people who choose not to use the shelters.  Metanoia outreach staff are delivering hygiene items to guys hanging out at the shower program at St. Malachi.  We are going to the dinners over at St. Patricks to see if there are life sustaining needs that these guys might have.  Care Alliance outreach nurses are taking blood pressure and looking for sleep deprived individuals who live outside.  PATH workers are driving homeless people to medical appointments and making sure that they are taking their medicine.  Our Community West Foundation funded outreach trainees Fred and James are taking out sleeping bags and tents to people who do not want to give up their pet while they are without housing. 

Photo by Bob Tuneberg, from The Villager Newspaper and Crocker Press and Community West FoundationThe point is that homelessness is not just a winter problem.  We have had a large year-round problem with homelessness for 30 years here in Cleveland, and we do not see any relief in the summer.  We need your help.  We need water for those who try to make it off the streets on their own.  We need hygiene kits for those who use the showers at the Cosgrove Center.  It gets cold at night so we still distribute blankets year round.  Here is the list of items that we collect and distribute. We have posted photos on the front of the website to remind people that we need items even during the summer to distribute.  If you can't help with donated items, just send a donation and we will purchase the items to give out.  Just put "outreach" in the memo line so we know that they go to help those living outside.  You can also donate cash to the Community West Foundation to the SocksPlus program.  Those funds go to the outreach collaborative organized by NEOCH.  Thanks for your help.

by Brian Davis

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Saturday
Dec242016

St. Paul's Hope for the Homeless

This picture came from Rev. Doug Horner at St. Paul's Community Church on Franklin Blvd.  There are a number of people like "Mark" who stays outside and no matter what we do will not go inside.  He is reluctant to accept any charity, but he is not a threat to himself.  This is a temporary solution that the West Side folks came up with to keep these shelter resistant folks alive.  According to Rev. Horner, "The thought behind it being this:  sometimes we can’t pass policies, or make a wave of change that helps the most vulnerable. But we can make a difference one person at a time. This small passive energy home is so well insulated that body heat will keep a person warm inside."

Here is a photo of the crew and the new “sleeping pod” - located Greater Old Brooklyn neighborhood; out in the woods on the edge of a dirt bike trail, on the edge of a vacant lot near a construction site. Thanks to the Corrado family for generously giving time, talent and money to make this a reality.  Thanks to Casey for his shop space.  Thanks to Lucy for her carpentry and patience as we laid it all out. Thanks to Tyrone the outreach worker for coordinating this effort...Just 4 days and tons of labor hours by volunteers and stipend workers with St. Paul’s. 

"Mark" has been living in a lean to for years, and there are a few others who live in the neighborhood.  Many of these guys have been hassled, beat up, frozen, etc.  They regularly hangs out at a nearby fast food place.  "Mark" is always the first one in in the morning, and all the staff know him.  A few people visit "Mark" regularly, like the volunteers from Ignatius, Labre and Care Alliance who travel around with food and blankets. 

"Mark" again was reluctant to accept charity, and didn’t want the house.  The volunteers pictured above set it up nearby anyway.  It is a temporary solution that will probably need to be moved in the Spring when construction season starts.  If you like the idea, you can donate the $500 to St. Paul's for the materials or you could volunteer to help construct the next one.  It is hoped that this is a way to build a trusting relationship with some of these guys to move them along to stability.  It is a hope to keep a person alive while we work through some of his issues, fears and suspicions. 

Thanks to all the volunteers at St. Paul's Community Church for building and moving this unit to help "Mark"

Brian Davis

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Monday
Aug222016

Food Training Available to Homeless Program Staff

This is targeted to outreach staff, shelter programming staff and religious groups who serve homeless people.  We ask that you RSVP so we know how many are going to attend.  Should be a great training provided by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Brian Davis

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Tuesday
Jul122016

Flyer for Homeless About the Upcoming RNC

This is the information that we are distributing to people who normally stay outside to keep them informed about what is going on in Cleveland with the RNC. 

Here is a copy of the flyer to print out and distribute

Saturday
Apr022016

Cleveland Flats Clean Up 4/2/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Downtown Cleveland Alliance for all their help with the truck to transport the trash from the Clean Up in the Flats today April 2, 2016.  Thanks to Dennis, NEOCH outreach trainee, for his last day organizing this huge clean up.  We wanted to get rid of some of the clutter from the winter.  Also thanks to the City of Cleveland Public Works folks under the leadership of Michael Cox for allowing us to dump the trash at the Ridge Road center. We made a good start of the Flats clean up, but plenty more work when the St. Ignatius students work on the project on Earth day. We also have to thank the five homeless individuals who helped today.

Brian Davis

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