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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:


October 27 and 28

Homelessness 101: DAY 1 – Society and Community: A broad overview of the history of homelessness in our society and the continuum of service and housing models being used to end homelessness in our communities. Working with Participants: An exploration of who our programs serve as well as the strengths and barriers of our participants.  How to be a good advocate: creating a welcoming environment; what our roles are as advocates; what are appropriate boundaries; and how to take care of yourself while working in stressful situations.

DAY 2 – Introduction to Community Resources: Speakers will present on array of resource options and how to make a good referral. Tour of Shelters (Hennepin/West Metro) Attendees will tour at least one family, youth, and singles shelter in the west metro.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 8:00 – 4:00 and Friday, October 28, 8:30 – 4:00 Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided both days.  (Check-in/breakfast is 8-8:30 on Day 1 – training starts at 8:30)

Location (both days): Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis 55403

Register HERE.


Homelessness 201’s


November 7

SNAP 101 and Food Resources:  SNAP 101 will provide attendees with a general overview of SNAP including eligibility, application timeline, reporting requirements, and recertification process.  It will also cover frequently asked questions and resources to connect participants to screening for eligibility and application assistance.  There will be a brief update on policy changes that have impacted the Abled Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) who are subject to the SNAP time limit.    FOOD SHELVES 101 will provide attendees with tools to assist their participants ability to gain equitable access to Minnesota Food Shelves. State and Federal food shelf regulations will be provided for references.

Presented by: Di Vang is the SNAP Outreach grant manager at the Department of Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) for 2 years.   Di works with community based organizations to provide education and information, screening, and application assistance to low-income Minnesotans.  Prior to joining DHS, she worked in the non-profit sector in various capacity including oversight of the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Employment Services in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties, YouthLEAD, and refugee employment and social services.

Courteney Roessler is a grant manager for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) at the Department of Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO).  Courteney works with food shelves and food banks on the development and implementation of food and nutrition policy.  Prior to joining DHS, she was the director of a food shelf in the metro area with dedicated mobile and senior food programs.

Date/Time: Monday (previously listed as Tuesday), November 7, 1-3pm

Location: The Food Group: 8501 54th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428

Register HERE.


November 17

Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model (Primarily for supervisors, managers, and administrators):  This workshop will introduce the Sanctuary Model, a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. As an organizational culture intervention, it is designed to facilitate the development of structures, processes, and behaviors on the part of staff and clients that can counteract the biological, affective, cognitive, social, and existential wounds suffered by the victims of traumatic experience. At this workshop you will learn about the seven sanctuary commitments, the four key interactive aspects of recovery from trauma (S.E.L.F.), and the process for introducing this model within your agency.

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: Thursday, November 17, 2-4pm

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

Thank you to everyone who came to golf and participate in the silent (and live) auction on Friday, September 23!  Despite the rain and lightning that cut the golf day short, it was a FUN and WORTHY time to learn more about how MN Coalition for the Homeless and MESH are working with organizations and individuals to help end homelessness in Minnesota.  One thing we learned… it IS a solvable problem!  So thank you for being part of that solution.

Special HUGE thanks to our sponsors:

  • Blackrock

  • CSH

  • Larkin Hoffman Attorneys

  • Randall Family Foundation

  • Tradition Mortgage

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