MESH has two primary training series that we offer:

Homelessness 101: A series of trainings covering essential material needed for working in homelessness & supportive housing. Best suited for staff who are newer to the field or staff looking for refreshers on best practices. Offered quarterly.

Homelessness 201: A series offering content targeted to supportive housing and homeless service provides that will equip with new skills and new resources to better serve homeless households. Offered at least monthly.


MESH Training Values:

  • We believe that housing is a human right.
  • We value and honor the dignity and worth of all people.
  • We seek to use language and create content that is inclusive of everyone
  • We value and strive to create learning environments that honor life experiences, professional and formal learning.
  • We are committed to racial equity and actively promote content and conversations that address individual and systemic racism.

MESH Training Goals:

Short Term Goals:

  • Accessible trainings for all who work in Housing/Shelter
  • Connecting Housing/Shelter Staff to one another and to Statewide efforts to end homelessness

Intermediate Goals:

  • Increased staff retention in Housing/Shelter programs
  • Increased networking & collaboration across the field
  • Identify emerging leaders in the field

Long Term Goal:

  • Having been served at the highest level, households facing housing instability and homelessness obtain and retain housing stability as quickly and effective as possible.

All of our trainings, as well as trainings from across the state are listed at our new Training HUB!

We offer scholarships – check it out!

Have questions related to MESH Trainings?

Contact Michele, Events Coordinator at events@mesh-mn.org

Roster of Trainings since 2016:

  • Our 101 Series: History of Homelessness, Trauma Informed Care, Principles of Housing First & Harm Reduction, Client Engagement, Boundaries & Ethics, Cultural Awareness 101
  • Collaboration for Improved Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence Victim Survivors
  • Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma, Integrated Treatment & Recovery-Oriented Approaches
  • Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model
  • Culture Matters
  • De-Escalation: Strategies for Preventing & Responding
  • Ending Homelessness
  • Engagement, Building Trust & Promoting Change
  • Exploring Mental Illness, Mental Health & Recovery
  • GA & MSA: Two Programs You Should Know More About
  • Get to Know the Office of the Ombudsman on Long-Term Care
  • Harm Reduction: a Deeper Dive
  • Historical Trauma & Trauma Informed Care
  • Housing from a Landlord’s Perspective
  • Housing Support (formerly GRH) Overview
  • Intersections of DV & Sexual Assault and Homelessness/Housing
  • Landlord/Tenant Law for Social Workers
  • LTH & Chronic Homeless Definition
  • Maximizing Landlord Relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness 2: Navigating Conflict
  • Motivational Interviewing (3 part series)
  • Office Hours with John Petroskas: GA & MSA
  • Office Hours with Lawyer Mike: Tenant Rights During COVID-19
  • Office Hours with Maia Uhrich & Jeremy Galley: Housing Support
  • Personality Disorders
  • Racial Equity & Resilience
  • Refugee Process 101
  • Renters’ Rights & Domestic Abuse
  • Safe Harbor in the Storm: Minnesota’s Response for Sexually Exploited Youth
  • Self-Care (variety of approaches)
  • Social Security Disability: the Process & the Myths
  • Somali 101
  • Tenant Rights During COVID-19
  • Trauma: the Neurobiology Behind It & Best Practices for It’s Treatment
  • Understanding the Definitions of Homelessness
  • Understanding Dementia & Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness
  • Understanding Service Options to Support At-Risk Older Adults
  • Veteran Homelessness in MN
  • Working with Homeless Older Adults
  • Working with LGBTQ Clients
  • Working with Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness: Best Practices & Resources
  • Working with Youth in Non-Youth Related Organizations