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Welcome to MESH (Metro-Wide Engagement on Shelter and Housing)

Learn more about MESH, our training classes and events, and much more.

MESH’s mission is to form partnerships to build metro-wide solutions that will end homelessness and increase affordable housing choices.  We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone to access quality training.  Please contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org for scholarship or membership questions.

Homelessness 101 is a series of trainings covering essential material needed for working in homelessness and housing and is best suited for staff who are newer to the field or for staff looking for refreshers on best practices. Currently, the six modules included are: Housing First, History of Homelessness, Motivational Interviewing, Boundaries & Ethics, Self-Care/Secondary Trauma and Trauma Informed Practice. We believe that these six trainings cover content that every person in the field should have a basic understanding of as we work towards the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.

Homelessness 201 is our primary training series and is designed to help staff (at all levels) build new skills and tools to better serve people experiencing homelessness. H201s focus on emerging and ongoing needs within our community. The content can be specific to population or program models and often build off the content covered in H101.  

Upcoming Trainings:

Homelessness 201 – Culture Matters

April 20, 2017

This highly interactive workshop is designed to help individuals enhance their cultural awareness and understand the affect of unconscious bias on workplace performance. Participants draw upon research-based findings to improve their self-awareness and to develop the first steps for relating and working with cultural intelligence.

Objective: To help participants identify their biases and to provide them with practical strategies for using that understanding to improve performance when working across cultures.

This course is appropriate for all populations/program staff including supervisors.

Presented by:  Cecilia Stanton Adams and Malissa Stanton Adams

Cecilia is a visionary leader with over 15 years experience as a  diversity expert. She is most noted for her ability to foster paradigm shifts, change behavior, and empower individuals, teams, and communities.

Malissa brings over 15 years of research, knowledge and passion for racial equity, social justice, and community relations.

Together they form Stanton Adams Consulting.  Please visit their website for more information: www.stantonadams.com

Date/Time: Thursday, April 20, 1-3pm

Location: Children’s Home Society: 1605 Eustis Street, St Paul 55108

Registration is FULL.  Please contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org to be placed on wait list.


Trainings in Greater MN – Registration OPEN

SOAR Fundamentais Training NOW OPEN

Assisting People Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits

 What will I learn?

  • In-depth, step-by-step explanation of the Social Security disability application and disability determination process
  • How to use the SOAR process to effectively complete an application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)
  • Strategies for working with homeless persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders – only a fraction of this population receives the benefits to which they are entitled
  • Practical application tools by completing exercises and worksheets

Date/Time:  DAY 1: Monday, May 22, 1-4:30  DAY 2: Tuesday, May 23, 8:30-4:30

Location: St Louis County Public Safety Building: 2030 N Arlington Av, Duluth, MN  55811

Click HERE for more information and to register.


HOMELESSNESS 101 Registration NOW OPEN! May 2 & 3

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Homelessness 201 – Trauma: The Neurobiology Behind It and the Best Practices for It’s Treatment

May 23, 2017 

This workshop will provide an overview of the neurobiology of trauma and best practices​ for its treatment. We will look at how brain and body are altered by the experience o​f​ trauma and discuss simple ways to share this information with the clients you serve so they may better understand their struggles.​​ We will explore the core components of implementing trauma-informed care into​ the realm of social services.

​This workshop will include practical ways to incorporate​ trauma informed principles into your interactions with clients, in ways that increase​ understanding, maintain empathy, and foster improved care.​

Presented by:   Ryan C. Van Wyk, Psy.D., LP, is a licensed clinical psychologist ​and the founder of MN Trauma Project, an organization that aims to increase accessibility to trauma informed care in the state of MN. Ryan is a Captain and behavioral health officer​ in the MN Army National Guard​. He works full time as a licensed psychologist for North Memorial Health, where he leads the Post Traumatic Stress Recovery Program within the Addiction and Mental Health Clinic  ​

As a therapist, he specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and​ dissociative disorders and has additional specialization in the treatment of co-occurring eating disorders​ and addictions. He frequently presents on the implementation of trauma informed care practices as well​ as the intersection of trauma​ with​ both eating disorders and addictions.

Date/Time:  Tuesday, May 23, 1-4pm  (NOTE: This is a 3 hour training)

Location:  Center for Changing Lives: 2400 Park Av S, Minneapolis, 55404

Click HERE to register.


More trainings coming!

Homelessness 201 – Long Term Homelessness Definition – June 15

Homelessness 201 – Personality Disorders – July 11

Homelessness 101 – Quarter 3 – Model 3

  • July 10 and 12
  • August 8 and 10
  • September 26 and 28

Homelessness 101 – Quarter 4 – Model 1

  • October 10 and 11

We’re working hard to offer more trainings. If you are a trainer or have ideas for trainings, please contact Michele.  All training topics and dates are subject to change.


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