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New Shelter Open

Who: Youth ages 18, 19, 20, and 21 From Anywhere

What: Emergency 30-day shelter

Where: 1471 Como Ave. W, St. Paul, MN

Enter through the back door off of the parking lot.

How: Self-referral call 651-646-2601 at 6pm to find out about openings.

What to know before you go:

Low-Barrier access, however, there will be a background check upon entry.  If you have a felony charge for sexual assault, physical assault, or arson access may be denied.

 

To learn more about the Shelter Program go to:-

www.thesalarmy.org/bbh

 

Kulture Klub Collaborative
video

A short clip from the event at safe zone. staff watched a videos about the rights you have when stopped by the police, this is just a sample of how awesome the event was.

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!!!

I saw that United States Interagency Council on Homelessness was doing an open forum on the issue of youth homelessness and figured that they would want as much input as they can get! Click the “read more” to find out more information on how you can offer opinions to USICH on broad strategies to lessen youth homelessness.


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video

kind of boring to watch but the point is important

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.