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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Youth Action Board meeting

The Youth Action Board is a newly created committee of MDHI's Continuum of Care comprising young adults who have experienced homelessness and are working to use their knowledge and expertise to improve how youth services are provided across our CoC. Interested participants or others may email MDHI staff - Diane Howald (diane.howald@mdhi.org) and Megan Morales (megan.morales@mdhi.org) to RSVP or for more information.


Friday, July 26, 2019 at 09:00 AM

Coordinating Committee

The Coordinating Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 9-11:30 am in Busse Board Room on the first floor.


Friday, July 26, 2019 at 10:15 AM
Mile High United Way in Denver, CO

Employment Committee

The Employment Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 10:15 am on the first floor BKD conference room, by the 211 call center.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Youth Action Board meeting

The Youth Action Board is a newly created committee of MDHI's Continuum of Care comprising young adults who have experienced homelessness and are working to use their knowledge and expertise to improve how youth services are provided across our CoC. Interested participants or others may email MDHI staff - Diane Howald (diane.howald@mdhi.org) and Megan Morales (megan.morales@mdhi.org) to RSVP or for more information.


Thursday, August 08, 2019 at 02:00 PM

Board Meeting

MDHI's monthly board meeting held on the second Thursday of each month from 2-4pm.


Friday, August 09, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 59 rsvps

Trauma Informed Care Training

Overview

Trauma Informed Care is one of the most requested training topics for MDHI stakeholders. We are pleased to engage with Matt Bennett, Bennett Innovation Group, for a series of trainings in August that will kick-off with a Trauma Informed Care training.

Trauma-Informed Care

Recent research on the brain and trauma gives those working in the helping professions a new paradigm to conceptualize and work with clients.  Understanding how trauma impacts brain development puts harmful behaviors and destructive thinking patterns in context and gives helpers a roadmap for building relationships and promoting healing and growth.  This training presents the Trauma-Informed Paradigm in a practical context, giving learners both a theoretical basis and tools to apply immediately in their work with clients.  Through the application of this Trauma-Informed Paradigm, workers can minimize re-traumatization while creating an environment for the traumatized individual to regain control of their lives.

 

This is a full day training. Beverages and snacks will be provided, and lunch will be on your own. There are several lunch options near the training site. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 01:00 PM · 1 rsvp

Rapid Rehousing Practice Session

Overview: A half-day Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) session for staff who practice RRH (frontline and/or program manager staff). The session will provide an overview of the three key areas of RRH practice (housing identification, case management and administering financial assistance), using content, discussion and workshop exercises.

Who should attend: The types of audiences may be beginners, new RRH programs, or existing RRH staff who have never attended an RRH training before.

Sponsors and facilitator: This event is co-sponsored by MDHI and VOA's CABHI Keys program. 

This session will be conducted by Ashley Mann-McLellan, Senior Associate, Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC). Ashley Mann-McLellan has over ten years of experience working on issues related to homelessness and affordable housing. She has assisted nonprofits in designing new initiatives such as health and housing partnerships, rapid re-housing models, property owner cultivation efforts, and supportive services. Ashley has experience managing multiple HUD programs that serve low-income populations. She also has demonstrated expertise in data management, program evaluation, quality improvement, and systems change strategies. At TAC, Ashley provides technical assistance to homeless planning groups and service providers, serving as a resource to communities in their efforts to design coordinated entry systems, strengthen property owner engagement strategies, implement a housing first philosophy on both the program and community levels, create a path to end homelessness, and navigate various HUD programs. Prior to joining TAC, Ashley served as Deputy Director at New Lease for Homeless Families, forging an innovative public-private partnership between housing developers, service providers, and government partners to reduce family homelessness throughout Massachusetts.

Parking: Either park on the street, or in the lot on the East side of the Crossing. Please do not park in the Admin. and Education Bldg. lot. 


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Equity and Accessibility workgroup

The Equity and Accessibility working group is committed to achieving a reputation for developing progressively inclusive solutions to address the inequities and inaccessibility of our homeless crisis response system for marginalized populations. To achieve far-reaching and long standing equitable outcomes, the Equity and Accessibility working group is focused on building systemic infrastructures to circumvent the impacts of generational discriminatory housing policies that disenfranchise communities of color in the United States.

The group has a strong emphasis on the utilization of data analytics and community input to develop strategies around better inclusion and policies for increasing representation of staff to better mirror the homeless populations served in our community, address language barriers and increase access for non-native speakers of English experiencing homelessness and analyzing our systems and processes to ensure racially equitable housing outcomes.

The need for addressing equity in our homeless crisis response system demands immediate action. It is the intention of this group to develop quarterly recommendations to be reviewed by regional partners, Regional Governing Council, Community Design Team and other decision making hierarchies within the Denver metro housing and homeless provider community to be reviewed, evaluated and submitted for approval to be implemented within out coordinated entry system, OneHome.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 01:00 PM
Denver Public Library, Central Branch

Youth Action Board meeting

The Youth Action Board is a newly created committee of MDHI's Continuum of Care comprising young adults who have experienced homelessness and are working to use their knowledge and expertise to improve how youth services are provided across our CoC. Interested participants or others may email MDHI staff - Diane Howald (diane.howald@mdhi.org) and Megan Morales (megan.morales@mdhi.org) to RSVP or for more information.


Friday, August 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM · 51 rsvps

Motivational Interviewing

Overview

Motivational Interview is one of the most requested training topics for MDHI stakeholders. We are pleased to engage with Matt Bennett, Bennett Innovation Group, for a series of trainings in August. Though it is not required, we highly encourage attendees for the Motivational Interviewing training held on August 16 to also attend the Trauma Informed Care training on August 9. 

 

Motivational Interviewing

“Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion (Miller & Rollnick, 2012).”

MI provides a strategic framework for building relationships through active communication approaches and strategies termed the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing. These approaches and strategies serve as a guide for how we structure our interactions with clients and guide how we set up programming. Using the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing as a foundation, the second part of this training will explore how people move through the stages of change and how MI implementation helps people move from contemplating a change to finding motivation for action.

Building on these foundational skills, the focus will shift to the heart of MI. Change happens when people feel a type of stress called cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when a person realizes that their actions and behaviors do not align with their values or how they want to live their lives. While cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable, it creates motivation to bring about changes to eliminate it.

Beverages and snacks will be provided. Lunch will be on your own, and there are several options for lunch near the training site.