VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 2020 HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME COUNT. The Point-In-Time Count is the annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness on a given day. The Santa Barbara County effort will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 5:30am-8:30am. Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the county and will briefly document who is experiencing homeless. This information can be used to plan local homeless assistance systems and raise public awareness. Volunteer trainings will be held in January.
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In April, we had successes and shortcomings. Two of our AmeriCorps members, Brooke and Lauren, captured moments in the paragraphs below.
"I worked with a chronically homeless client that has been in and out of the shelter system for many years. She is now document ready and connected with primary medical services on site at the shelter and through public health. She is receiving mental health services as well. She has complex mental health and medical issues and I have been working with the doctor onsite to get referrals."
Jeff Shaffer met with two people experiencing homelessness while he was doing outreach with Madeline from Behavioral Wellness on Tuesday, January 29th.
Jeff and Madeline were doing sock outreach, and they were just working to get to know everyone on State. At Home for Good Santa Barbara County, one of our goals is to personally get to know the community that we are helping. We don't believe that we can create positive change if we are offering help without actually knowing the problems and the people experiencing them.
Thursday was an eventful day for me in Lompoc, I had the opportunity to join forces with an AmeriCorps member, Jasmine, whom serves through the Good Samaritan Shelter here in Lompoc.
My story for the week has do to with a single parent of 4 minors and is currently couch surfing. This parent became homeless due to a domestic violence relationship and has been homeless since July.