Weekly Roundup 1.4.18

Weekly Roundup 1.4.18: Get Involved with the 2018 PIT Count, Stakeholder Input Report, HomeAid Film Screening, and more!


2018 Count Begins Jan. 29 at sundown

Is your agency involved? Please complete this Agency Survey to let us know that you are willing to support the 2018 Point in Time Count! MDHI will provide training and other support as needed. If you are staff at a local homeless services agency and are able to help with our expanded outreach efforts, please complete this staff PIT nighttime unsheltered outreach signup and let us know if you can help on Monday evening, January 29.

How to get involved:

We are recruiting volunteers to work alongside service providers to conduct interviews with homeless individuals and families in emergency shelters, human service organizations, parks, riverbeds, and other places where people congregate.

Please share this link (givepul.se/fb8dd) with anyone interested in volunteering for the Point in Time Count or visit EveryoneCounts.mdhi.org and click the 'Volunteer' button.

Donate Incentives

Incentives are handed out to people in shelters, on the street, and at magnet events to provide basic necessities items to those in dire need, to encourage participation in this voluntary survey, and thank people for their time engaging in the interview. Examples of PIT incentives:

  • Socks, gloves, & hats - any cold weather clothing items should be new and unused.
  • Snacks - non-perished, sealed food like granola bars
  • Hygiene items
  • Hand warmers
  • Bus passes (10-pack)
  • Gift cards - grocery store or fast food
Host a fundraiser, collect incentives, or Sponsor the count

There are many ways to support this community effort. We encourage supporters to host their own fundraiser or incentive collection party. If you are a business owner, executive, or philanthropic individual interested in providing financial sponsorship, all donations are tax-deductible and your contribution will help make our 2018 Point in Time efforts more successful.

Questions? Please contact PIT@mdhi.org

Focus Strategies: Metro Denver Stakeholder Input Report

Focus Strategies is working with MDHI to assess the performance of the regional homeless system and recommend changes in strategy that will help reduce homelessness in our region.

Focus Strategies has created a report based on community input about the existing homeless response system through 20 one-on-one interviews with stakeholders and a series of three Learning Collaboratives.

Read the full report

Please Take this Brief Survey - MDHI STRATEGIC PLAN and Branding

We are updating MDHI’s strategic plan and organizational brand, and would like you to be a part of this effort. As a valued community partner, we ask that you respond to this survey to help inform and strengthen our work.

Filling out the survey should take about 10 minutes, and we ask that you respond by (tomorrow) Friday, January 5.

We will continue to share information about this work in community meetings, on our website and through our regular communications. If you have questions please email Will Connelly.

Thanks for your ongoing commitment to work together to make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness.

Take the survey

Changes to MDHI'S mission and vision

Updates to the mission, vision, and values were recently presented to the community at the Winter 2017 Stakeholder Meeting. These changes were presented at the December MDHI Board Meeting and approved for incorporation into the organizational bylaws.

Mission: Leading and advancing collaboration to end homelessness in our region.

Vision: Dedicated to everyone in the metro region having a safe, stable place to call home.

Read more here

HomeAid: MIGHTY GROUND - Exclusive Film Screening

Mighty Ground follows the journey of a gifted songwriter named Ronald Troy Collins, a homeless man living on the streets of Skid Row, and the impact he makes on those who come to love him and who help make his dreams reality. A living example of redemption and what it means to transform oneself from rock bottom, Ronald’s transition from the streets to the stage is a real-world story of hope and inspiration.

Please join film producer Aimee Schoof and star Ronald Troy Collins for an exclusive Denver film premiere, followed by a special musical performance by Ronald and band.

For tickets and information, please visit: homeaidcolorado.org/MIGHTYGROUND/

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