I sat down and helped create an in-depth housing plan with Jake. We identified his strengths and planned out housing options that he felt hopeful about. He opened up about his housing barriers and what he's been struggling with. Being able to provide a safe space and help him feel heard and supported was so rewarding. I am amazed each day at our client's resilience and their willingness to be vulnerable.
The kids staying at the Midvale Family Resource Center were making bead necklaces and ran out of certain letters. They asked the volunteers for a Sharpie and all took turns making needed letters out of existing beads for each other. They worked together, using their resources to solve a problem.
On the way to housing orientation, a client said that was the first time she'd listened to the radio in years. She said she'd felt disconnected to the world for so long, but had hope again as she talked about her dreams of becoming a CNA.
Once she was settled into her apartment, Laura was able to spend a lot of time interviewing. She successfully gained temporary employment within a month of moving out of the Midvale Family Resource Center. After a couple of weeks of working, Laura was able to go from a temporary position to a permanent, full-time position. Laura takes pride in having a full-time job so that she can support her family.
In our first meeting, Casey expressed feeling nervous to engage with Case Management due to his anxiety. Later that week, he texted me to see if we could talk about housing. I was not in the shelter at the time, but I directed him to the Housing Resource desk to chat with another Case Manager. Casey was able to show that Case Manager our conversation so that they could pick up where we had left off. Google voice has been an amazing resource to connect in an innovative way!
I recently received an email from Ben who we helped move back into housing a couple of months ago. Ben had enjoyed using drawing as a coping skill to manage his anxiety in shelter, and he had been very excited to move into a place of his own so he could draw in a quieter space and perhaps pursue a career as an illustrator. In the email, he sent me several templates that our Case Management team could use as coloring pages, of which we happily shared with other shelter guests. If he wants to I hope Ben finds a way to channel this passion into a career!
Case Managers at the Men's Resource Center hosted a "Communication is Key" workshop, to help with computer literacy. One of the shelter guests, Jordan, learned how to click a mouse, scroll, enter in his email, and navigate a website. In the one hour workshop *Jordan was able to gain so many new skills, have access to a computer to practice, and can now feel more empowered towards reaching his goals through the digital realm.
Cory has been staying in emergency shelter for multiple years and has been hesitant to engage in supportive services. Recently, he has been open to meeting with his Case Manager weekly to discuss his progress. Through these meetings Cory has started to utilize the in-shelter mail system, and the computer lab to search for jobs and housing.
After staying at the Midvale Family Resource Center for awhile, the Nelson family successfully navigated the housing process and was able to move out to a wonderful apartment just before their daughter started kindergarten.
Sharon, a Case Manager at the Midvale Family Resource Center, recently worked with a family whose primary language was French. Sharon was able to connect with the Department of Workforce Services and the Refugee Center for translator services and successfully helped the family move into a place of their own.