We had a really nice open house at Winton on Lorain last week to see how wonderful these units are for the community. We had presentations by EDEN and Frontline Services and many of the outreach workers in the community. The highlight of the evening was with Roy and Mike talked about moving from the streets into housing. They both talked about the importance of Jim Schlecht for helping to find their way into housing.
County Council persons Dale Miller and Yvonne Conwell both attended to hear about this critical resource in the community. Both Roy and Mike spent years on the streets, both turned to alcohol or drugs to cope and both were able to make it through a year of recovery. Winton on Lorain is right next to the VA transitional housing program, and that corner near the freeway has dramatically approved over the last 10 years.
It was quite an education provided by Toni Johnson and Denise Toth who spoke about how valuable outreach is in the community. They talked about building trusting relationships and not giving up on the people outside. All the outreach teams talked about the difficult times many of these guys have in finding help. The guys talked about the huge hills they had to climb to get back into housing. We will have the next Teach In during the lunch hour and hopefully others will be able to attend.
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