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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:

Self-Care as Healing from Trauma & Burnout

January 10, January 31 & February 27, 2017

Why not make your New Year’s resolution about self-care? What if your goal for the New Year was to love your job every day? Burnout is something we hear about frequently but in this training we will look specifically at the immediate cause: secondary trauma. As providers, we interact with people who are going through trauma every day and eventually that rubs off on us. Secondary trauma permeates every aspect of our personal lives – relationships, hobbies, passions and more. Through this training we will discuss the signs of secondary trauma and (more importantly) practice skills to minimize and prevent burnout from happening. I can almost guarantee you’ll have fun!

Presented by: Monica Shaffer has worked with trauma survivors for several years. The women she supports have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, chronic homelessness, political torture, human trafficking, chemical dependency and more. She is currently the Program Enrichment and Volunteer Coordinator at Ascension Place in North Minneapolis.

January 10 &  31 (Tuesdays) will be from 1-3 at NW Family Service Center: 7051 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center  55429

February 27 (Monday) will be from 2-4 at RS Eden Lindquist Apartments: 1931 W Broadway Av, Mpls 55411

Registration is FULL for all dates.  Contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org to be placed on the wait list.

Housing From a Landlord’s Perspective

February 16, 2017

Helping clients with barriers in their rental background find housing is a huge challenge in this market. HousingLink has worked closely with landlords for the past 19 years, come learn about the landlord perspective.

  • What are landlords looking for?
  • What are typical deal breakers?
  • What makes a successful applicant?
  • How can you help your clients remain housed?

This builds on the information from HousingLink’s “Felony Unfriendly: Overcoming Barriers to Housing Search and Understanding the Landlord Perspective.”

Presented by:  Sue Speakman-Gomez has been with HousingLink since 2002, initially focusing on landlord outreach and each expanding responsibilities, then in n 2010 became President. Sue grew the landlords using HousingLink by over 400%, and the housing searches have increased at the same pace. Prior to HousingLink she worked for Anoka County in the Community Development Department. Since 1999 she has managed rental property in Anoka. Sue currently serves as on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for Unity North Spiritual Center. She has also served on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Board, the Minnesota Multi Housing Association, and Metro-wide Engagement for Shelter and Housing (MESH). Her undergraduate degree in American Studies is from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 16, 2-4pm

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

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The Intersections of Domestic and Sexual Violence and Housing/Homelessness

March 9, 2017

One in four homeless women are homeless as a result of domestic violence and as many as 92 percent of homeless women have experienced severe physical or sexual assault in their lifetimes. What does this mean for survivors trying to access services within the homeless/housing sector? This training will provide an introduction to incidence and dynamics of domestic violence and an overview of victim services. We will discuss policies that ensure access for homeless survivors and explore practical ways for homeless outreach, shelter, and housing providers and administrators to empower those affected by violence to achieve housing stability and safety.

Presented by: Heather Duchsherer, Ho Nguyen, Rebekah Moses

Heather 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.

Ho is a queer, first generation-Vietnamese American and daughter to refugee parents. She holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy. She is with the MN Coalition for Battered Women as their housing and economic justice program manager, bringing a decade worth of experience in non-profit, social justice, and anti-racist work.

As the legislative and public policy program manager at the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Rebekah Moses advocates to end gender violence at the intersections of oppressions.  Rebekah is grateful to all of the survivors whose expertise, intelligence, strength, resilience and hope continue to inform and guide her work.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 9, 1-3pm

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

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Trainings in Greater MN 

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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.

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