Carpenters Place & Red Cross Homeless Shelter collaborate
National Homelessness Awareness Week is recognized each year, one week before Thanksgiving. In recognition of this years Homelessness Awareness Week, which runs from Nov. 17-23, The Carpenters Place and the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter announce a collaborative Mentorship Program for the citys homeless. Through this program, community volunteers are trained and matched with a homeless person who is making a serious effort to improve his or her life situation.
The Mentorship Program represents a natural collaboration between complementary agencies. Many of the areas homeless who find safe shelter during the night-time hours at the Red Cross Shelter find a refuge from the dangers and temptations of the streets during the daytime hours at The Carpenters Place. Case managers at both agencies guide and support those who are serious about making changes in their life through the development of a coordinated Action Plan. However, successful completion of this kind of life plan requires much encouragement along the way, often more than can be provided by the case managers and agencies alone.
The Mentorship Program provides the opportunity for the homeless to experience the encouragement of a trusted friend, role model and positive influence. The time commitment of the mentor can be as little as one hour per week or up to four hours per week. The Mentorship Program is a win-win situation for the homeless, the agencies, the mentor and the community. Anyone interested in this exciting opportunity to make a difference can call The Carpenters Place at 964-4105 or the Rock River Chapter of the American Red Cross at 963-8471.