Jim Schlecht of Care Alliance has dedicated his life to homeless people. He works outside building trusting relationships. We honored him in 2013. Here is the photo gallery from that celebration. This is a longer interview than the previous interview with Denise. Jim is one of the best to give his thoughts on the importance of outreach. While the federal government does not put much funding into outreach, we believe that it is an invaluable service in Cleveland.
It is hard to measure the success of outreach, but spending some time with people with a mental illness or PTSD victims is important. Helping people overcome their disabilities to get into housing is extremely rewarding. Jim gives some real world examples of how outreach changes lives. Let us know what you think here or leave a comment below.