Share Outreach serves more than 880 hard-to-reach and hard-to-serve homeless individuals each year.
Our Outreach Team serves those who are hardest to reach by going into the community and bringing services to them. Many of our clients struggle in accessing services due to mobility, physical and mental health concerns, or difficulty in being around large groups of people. Our Outreach Team works to bridge that gap so that everyone experiencing homelessness in Clark County has access to a variety of services that can better their situation.
We serve all of Clark County, spending most of our time in Vancouver, but also canvassing Camas, Washougal, and Battle Ground on a weekly basis. We have a client-centered approach, meaning we are open to assisting individuals in whatever goals they have for themselves. This means we can help in a variety of ways, including the services listed below:
- Benefits assistance
- Housing assistance, including completing housing assessments in the field for those who are unable to go to the Housing Solutions Center
- Providing basic needs/supplies
- Direct referrals for physical health, mental health, and substance abuse services
- Providing information on where to access services throughout Clark County
- Transportation assistance
Many times, we focus on building relationships with people who are experiencing homelessness. Then, when they are ready for a change, they know who to contact.
The Outreach Team also provides community education around issues of homelessness and the safest ways in working with the population. We are available to meet with business owners and other community members about these difficult issues.
Last, but certainly not least, our Outreach Team operates a Mobile Needle Exchange Program in partnership with Clark County Public Health. We are able to provide safe-use supplies, education, substance use treatment referrals, and Naloxone to a wider range of people throughout Clark County. We also use this service as an engagement tool to build relationships and speak with people about housing and other services.
We Care About Our Community: Share’s Talkin’ Trash Project Makes a Difference!
Our crew of three cleaners and one supervisor work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. Shift typically starts about 9:00 a.m. with the crew out in the field by 9:30 a.m.; work wraps up about 1:00 p.m. Crew members are those who are or who have experienced
Areas of special emphasis include: sound wall on Mill Plain (and area immediately surrounding the wall), Esther Short Park and the Vancouver Community Library.
When the crews encounter a camp, they work with the individual(s) to collect trash/litter from the site and alert the individual that he/she must move any belongings they wish to keep. The Share crew does not remove camps or personal belongings.
Vancouver Police Department and Code Compliance follow up on illegal camps and carry out the city’s policy and procedure regarding personal belongings.
For more information on Talkin’ Trash, contact Katie Louis, Director of Share House & Share Outreach, at (360) 695-7658 ext. 100.