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

June 1, 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, June 1, 2-4pm

Location: Washington County Government Center: 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, 55082

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Homelessness 201- Long Term Homelessness/Chronic Homelessness Definition

June 14

The definitions of Chronic Homelessness and Long-Term Homelessness are similar, but they have some important differences. Those differences can delay or derail housing applications if you use the wrong definition when referring a client to housing. Using the right definition and proving that your client meets that definition are essential to getting funding for your client’s housing. This presentation will review the CH and LTH definitions and the documentation you need to secure funding for your client.

Presented by: Marti Maltby has spent 20 years working with homeless and low income populations in housing and clinical settings. He has worked in homeless shelters, transitional and permanent housing programs and treatment settings as a service provider and administrator. Marti has also trained social service staff at conferences and trainings on the homeless culture, Housing First models and crisis intervention and de-escalation.

Heather Duchsherer works as Metro Regional Manager for Hearth Connection. Heather has worked as a case manager in emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing. Additionally, she has run a community-based domestic violence program and completed her graduate research on homeless/housing policy and its implications for victim services providers.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 14, 1-4pm (NOTE: This is a 3 hour training)

Location: Washington County Government Center: 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, 55082

Click HERE for more information and to register.

Trainings in Greater MN – Registration OPEN

SOAR Fundamentals 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: Tuesday, June 20, 1-4:30  DAY 2: Wednesday, June 21 May 23, 8:30-4:30

Location: Morrison County Courthouse: 213 SE 1st Ave, Little Falls, MN  56345

Click HERE for more information and to register.

More trainings coming!

Homelessness 201 – Personality Disorders – July 11

Homelessness 201 – Motivational Interviewing – September 19

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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