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11/15/13 — Get involved become a homeless mentor!

Goodwill’s Street Outreach is fully aware of how challenging and demoralizing it is to live life on the streets. In an effort to positively respond and provide greater interaction and opportunities to individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets, Street Outreach is announcing a new Street Advocate mentoring opportunity. We need your involvement.

Street Advocate mentors will work with Street Outreach alongside people experiencing chronic homelessness on the streets. The program is designed to be a team effort. Mentors will work together to serve as a support network for mentees and promote positive relationships and change. Each interaction is a step toward increasing the likelihood of transitioning from the streets and achieving long term success in housing. Street Advocates will receive orientation and training before being matched with an individual living on the streets.

Utilizing their unique skills, Street Advocates will be a part of a mentoring team building a solid foundation and strong relationships to assist in progressing from homelessness to housing. People experiencing chronic homelessness are some of the most vulnerable in our community. This obligates us to take great care with our efforts. Encouragement, education, and support help Street Advocates and Street Outreach staff stay focused and improve our approaches to ending homelessness..People’s lives and stories are very unique and taking time to get to know a person experiencing chronic homelessness is the first step in helping to end homelessness.

An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a Homeless Mentor will be held Wednesday November 20 at 6:30pm.  The 45 minute meeting will be held at The Minervini Group offices at the Grand Traverse Commons, 830 Cottageview Drive, Suite 1011 (directly above Trattoria Stella).  On-going Homeless Mentoring training will begin in 2014.

For more information contact Street Outreach at (231) 995-7721 or email Ryanh@goodwillnmi.org.  

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