Homelessness 101


Homelessness 101 is a two day workshop that provides a basic orientation to the field of ending homelessness. We help coordinate a Steering Committee of volunteers that has conducted workshops quarterly.

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


Please contact events@mesh-mn.org with questions.

Homelessness 101 Resources are provided for your reference:

Day 1 PowerPoints
History of Homelessness
Continuum of Care
Working Effectively with Homeless People
AdvocacyOrganizational Responses to Homelessness

Day 2 West Metro PowerPoints
How to Make a Bad Referral
Minnesota’s Community Living Supports

Please note that some the PowerPoints are fairly large and make a few minutes to completely download.

Become a MESH Member and receive discounted prices to all MESH workshops



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