Kulture Klub Collaborative
outreach

very interesting shift today. we met a young man that is staying in adult shelter and connected him to a drop in center and a case manager. he did a great job verbalizing his dislikes of the situation he is in and talked about his goals and where he would like to be soon. 

recently we have encountered some snags in the “creative outreach” that we have been doing. we are no longer aloud to post signs on light post which sucks because it has been working as far as calls go but then a cop told us that chalking on public sidewalks required a permit. this was very upsetting because this has been a very effective way to have outreach out there even when outreach workers aren’t. after some phone calls to the city and some good advice from an artist in residence we talked to some city counsel members and they did some research and told us we can continue to chalk. AWESOME!!!

later in the shift we had to call 911 because someone lit a dumpster on fire. the fire department came and put it out before it could get to out of control, and no one was hurt.

we ran into a language  barrier today. we were looking for camps and found a young persons id, social security card, his citizen ship card and other  important documents. most of them had been cut or damaged in some way but the  address on the id was near by  so we drove to the apartment building. the guy happened to be outside and we gave him his stuff but were not able to communicate how we found it because he doesn’t speak english, it seems to me that his wallet was stolen and discarded but we couldn’t ask about police reports of if there was anything else we could do.

we ended our shift back at one of the adult shelters and  had good chats  with some of the youth staying there. one just got housing and is moving in tomorrow!!! AWESOME!!!

weekend

awesome weekend of outreach. i worked saturday and sunday and meet about 60 youth total. downtown is getting busy and the bus stops are busy.

Saturday we crossed the river to go to the GLBT Host home fundraiser event. walking there a young lady said, “hey street works got a token?” after talking to her for a little bit we found out she had nowhere to stay and we were able to help get abed at one of the youth shelters. 

sunday was a beautiful day, we did a lot of walking and a lot of chalking and talking to youth. we got stopped by the cops on outreach, they saw us handing out condoms from a far and thought we were selling drugs or bootlegs but they realized real quick who we were and what we were doing and left us alone. it was a first time experience for me and thats what helps make outreach interesting.

another great day for an outreach worker to be outside doing outreach, and the weekend should be even better. we met a ton of youth new and familiar faces, downtown and in east st paul. our total was 34 contacts but we got a couple of phone calls and had a number of youth run up and say hi and get condoms and resources from us. one kid who looked familiar said i met him a while back and he was able to connect to resources and has a good job and housing now. i told him i didn’t quite remember who he was but that didn’t seem to matter because of the positive experience he had the first time he worker with an outreach worker.

one open bed tonight 3/10/12 at the safe house shelter, call at six. 651 644 3446

outreach

a nice warm day finally for outreach. there were a lot of people out and about. we took a young lady to the groveland food shelf then spent the rest of our shift walking around downtown. we had 18 new contacts and 12 repeats.

friday outreach

we had a pretty good shift last night, it was a little chilly but we still found around 30 young people to talk to.

the highlight was a young lady that i have known for three years who has had many ups and downs, lately is seems mostly downs, told us she got a job!!! and so did her boyfriend!!! they are expecting a baby and both staying in adult shelter and the way way things are going now they should bee able to afford a place in no time!!!

Monday Night Outreach

My partner and I kept slipping on the ice.  So be careful out there! We ran into quite a few familiar young faces and that kept me in a good mood.  One thing is true for sure, there are some hard working young people out there.  Everyone we ran into was talking about a new job, finishing a new training program, starting back up with therapy, finishing school, etc.  They were all on their way to or from somewhere and I felt lucky to see them in the moment.  We’re all witnesses to one another’s process and it was nights like last night when that felt pretty evident. It’s good to be an outreach worker.

cold,cold,cold day…

kind of glad we spent our entire shift on youth calls and taking people to the food shelf rather than walking around. we only had eight contacts and all were repeats but we helped people get a lot accomplished.

at the shelter we had ten turn a ways tonight.

only the 25th and 26th is the Ramsey county unsheltered count. on the 25th you can track the numbers of people that will not have anywhere to stay that night and on the 26th ask people where they stayed on the night of the 25th. if you have questions or to get forms dropped off to you call safe zone 651 224 9644 or safe house 651 644 3446

Today was a good day for outreach even though it was very chilly out. we did a presentation at a high school and had very good conversations with the people in the room about what it takes to get an apartment on your own and the expectations of living in TLP’s.

we also took two youth to the a food shelf which is allways cool to do because we get to cross the river and share our saint paulness with the hennipen county outreach workers.

10 new contacts and 10 repeats.