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Entries in trainings (6)

Monday
Apr112016

NEOCH Announces Another Training for Homeless Providers

The event is free, but we do require RSVP because there is a limited number of spaces in the room. We hope that you can join us.

Brian Davis

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Friday
Feb272015

Mediation/Conflict Resolution Training

Here is a copy of the flyer that you can print out and distribute.

This is a partnership between the Cleveland Mediation Center and the Homeless Coalition to teach people how to de-escalate and work for compromises in a polarized society.  We hope to have volunteers and outreach workers attend to learn how to settle disputes on the streets.  We only have 25 slots available for this event, so you must RSVP your spot.  We need to thank the Community West Foundation for making this training available and free to members of the struggle to end homelessness in Cleveland.

Brian Davis

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Friday
May092014

Great Evening for Outreach Training

Last night was a first in Cleveland-a discussion between the students and religious folks who go outside and serve homeless people with the "professional" staff hired to serve the population.   We had Jim Schlecht, Toni Johnson, Michael Lawson and Karen McHenry (pictured above in order left to right) who lead the discussion.  This was a chance for Labre students, groups representing various churches and other agencies to get together to talk about the goals and issues associated with serving people who live outside.  The first order of business was to give a standing ovation to Mike from St. Ignatius and St. Augustine for his patience in finding housing for the stroller lady who has been on the streets for much of the last 20 years.  Nuns on the near West Side had found her housing about eight years ago, but she quickly lost the housing.   We hope that she keeps her housing, but it was a huge step to build a trusting relationship with her to convince her to go inside.  

We had around 30 people attend the training/teach in, and that included a couple of representatives from the Homeless Congress who had experience with homelessness. The agenda was to discuss who exactly stays outside with Karen of Bellefaire talking a great deal about young people who we do not always think about when talking about homelessness.  Michael from Frontline did a very good overview of some of the safety issues he reminds his staff about before they go outside.   Jim of Care Alliance talked a lot about "compassionate relationships" for those on the streets.  We discussed putting aside expectations and working with the existing social service provides to "hand people" into the capable hands of others. Toni talked about the resources available to veterans and warned everyone of the resources drying up for women and families.  Of course, the training dealt with ethical issues and boundaries necessary to do some of this work.   Finally, we all contributed some often overlooked resources in the community that might be available to those living outside.  We talked about ways to get people into detox and to use the Youth Hotline that is available 24 hours a day (570-8010). Finally, there was a discussion of the Seasons of Hope safe haven for women. 

NEOCH had a couple of resources available to the group.  We talked about the Street Card and how valuable that could be to homeless people.  NEOCH has also produced a bright green card for those who go outside to use.  This card can be left at a campsite if there is no one home when you stop by.  It has the direct phone numbers to those who are paid to assist homeless people. It gives drop in center locations and times along with meals available downtown.  Finally, we introduced the new outreach trainee funded by the Community West Foundation.  His name is Tyrone H. and he started last week.  This was a chance for all these groups to be introduced to him and he will be shadowing all the outreach teams locally to learn and pass along information.  Tryrone will be a link between the volunteer groups and the professional staff typically out during the day.  We will do a longer look at Tyrone and his job in a follow up post.  We will also have another training in September when many of the students have returned from summer break. 

Brian Davis

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Friday
May022014

Bridge Support Archive Posted

We have added a newsletter tailored to those who go outside to serve homeless people.  This newsletter called Bridge Support will be delivered weekly to those who go outside to serve the population, and we have added a section to our outreach section of our website.  This is a weekly update to those working with homeless people.  It has upcoming events and program updates.   This is part of the expansion of our outreach effort funded by the Community West Foundation.  The Bridge Support weekly update has resources available to homeless people and new or expanded programs. It gives information to those who are building trusting relationships with homeless people. 

To sign up just send NEOCH and e-mail and we will put you on the list or you can go to the Bridge Support archive to read the updates. 

Brian Davis

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Friday
Apr182014

Training for those Who Minister to Homeless People

If you belong to a church that goes out to feed homeless people or a student group that goes to the streets of Cleveland to help those sleeping rough, we have a training opportunity for you.  We have a group of experienced outreach workers who will provide resource information and answer questions based on their years of service.  They will talk about ethical issues and the philosophy of serving those outside. 

It is tough to build a trusting relationship with those who have nearly given up on society.  Many have faced tough times and have seen the system fail for them.  Others have made huge errors in judgement that they are not willing to admit.  There are those who have trauma or mental health issues that leave them nearly paralyzed with depression or fear.  There so many reasons that lead people to the streets, and it takes a special person to work with these individuals. 

We will have a discussion of resources that are available and talk about problems facing the population.  There will be pizza available so we need those who attend to RSVP for the training session.  Any group that goes out to the streets of Cleveland are welcome to attend. The training is May 8 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at NEOCH.  Call 216/432-0540 to reserve your space.

Brian Davis

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