Archive for January, 2010

In the past month and a half I have seen a huge upswing in the amount of women who are coming in to seek our services. I now have an overwhelming case load which I hope to keep stable for the moment. This is what is called a “good problem” I suppose. In order to provide the extensive long-term treatment and wrap-around services these women need, the Resource Specialist here in the Homeless Women’s Center, Natalia Azucar, will be taking on some of the case management work for these clients. We are so grateful for the partnership with the Mary Elizabeth Inn. It is not always the case that agencies are so willing to collaborate to meet the needs of the clients, unfortunately, and we are blessed with the opportunity to do that with MEI in so many ways. Because of this partnership, we are also able to offer our clients the services of the Homeless Women’s Center: access to computers and the internet, access to a phone, daily breakfasts, a weekly food pantry, and emergency hygiene kits.

The large upswing in clients has come to us for two reasons. One is the fantastic work that our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator has been doing by pasting the town with our flyers and handing out our info to agencies around the city. Half of my clients are self-referrals from the flyers. A good portion of my newest clients have come by way of referrals from case managers at agencies such as 30th Street Senior Center, Central City Older Adults and Arriba Juntos. A few have come from our outreach efforts at Project Homeless Connect where we now have our own table in the Senior Services section.

It feels great to finally be able to serve these women and are now doing everything we can to help them.


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