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MESH’s mission is to form partnerships to build metro-wide solutions that will end homelessness and increase affordable housing choices.

Upcoming trainings:

September 15

General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Aid – Two Programs You Should Know More About!: You’ve probably heard of General Assistance (GA), Minnesota’s cash program for adults who are unable to work, and Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA), which gives extra income to people on SSI. But there’s more to these programs than you might think! Come learn how GA and MSA work, and pick up some tips that can help you successfully connect your clients with these helpful resources.

Presented by: John Petroskas, a policy specialist at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Before joining DHS, John worked in programs that served homeless families and adults.  At Catholic Charities, he helped start the Housing First program, which provides supportive housing for adults who have experienced long-term homelessness.  He also worked for the Wilder Foundation, Metrowide Engagement on Shelter and Housing (MESH), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Date/Time: Thursday, September 15, 1-3pm

Location: American Indian Family Center:  579 Wells Street, St. Paul, MN  55130

Register HERE.

September 27

Self-Care in Trauma Informed Organizations: There is a lot of talk about trauma-informed organizations these days. Providing safe and compassionate environments is critical to the healing and recovery process of our clients. But what about the work environments in which caregivers provide their healing services? Are they safe, caring, and supportive like the therapeutic environments we seek to provide for clients?  At this workshop you will learn principles that form the basis for developing healthy, collegial relationships. You will learn tools for practicing self-care within the context of the trauma-informed work environment.

Presented by: Steve Carlson, PsyD has been working in the mental and chemical health field for over thirty years in a variety of settings, mostly in clinical and management positions at various Community Mental Health Centers.  He is currently employed by the University of Minnesota as a Clinical Trainer at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health.  Additionally, Steve is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Community Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University.  His areas of interest and specialty include Integrated Mental and Chemical Health Treatment, Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness and Mental Health, The Psychology of Long-Term Homelessness, Trauma-Informed Organizations, Supportive Housing Model and other mental health topics.  As a Certified Minnesota Trainer in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Steve provides training and consultation to agencies around the State of Minnesota. He can be reached at carlsos@umn.edu.

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 27, 2-4pm

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

Register HERE.

September 29

Long Term Homeless Definition: The definition of “Long-Term Homelessness” is straightforward, but actually determining who qualifies as LTH can be confusing and messy. This training will discuss the definition, explain where problems can arise in determining an individual’s LTH status and provide guidance on avoiding problems related to client eligibility for funding.

Presented by: Marti Maltby has worked with the homeless since 1997, including the last ten years in Minnesota. Marti has provided direct services and managed programs that provided emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing to adults and families.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 29, 2-4pm

Location: American Indian Family Center: 579 Wells Street, St. Paul, MN  55130

Register HERE.

October 4

Working with Youth in Non-Youth Specific Programs: Best practices and effective approaches in working with youth in youth-specific programs have become more refined over the years. Less refined is how to implement these best practices and approaches in non-youth specific programs. Yet as a result of resource scarcity, capacity issues, and consumer choice, among other reasons, non-youth specific programs are serving an increasing number of young adults. Not adjusting our approach to meet the unique needs of young adults in all our programs will result in poor outcomes for youth. This workshop is designed to provide information on the following:  a) The importance of carving out a youth-specific approach in programs not specifically targeting youth, and b) How to adapt approaches and day-to-day practices to best meet the needs of youth entering your program, while remaining a program that does not specifically target youth.

Presented by: Andrea Simonett has worked in the area of homelessness for 20 years. Her experience includes direct service as well as non-profit administration. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Work, and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Humphrey. Andrea currently works at DHS where she administers funding and provides technical assistance to homeless program grantees.

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2-4pm

Location: RS Eden Lindquist Apartments: 1931 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55411

Register HERE.

See Homelessness 201 page for future trainings.  We’re working hard to offer more trainings. If you are a trainer or have ideas for trainings, please contact Michele.

7th Annual Chip In to End Homelessness Golf Tournament & Silent Auction!

Friday, September 23

Register HERE.  Click here for more information.

Questions?  Contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org



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