Day Center Builds on Success at the Vancouver Navigation Center
The Share Day Center has now been open for six months in its new location at the Vancouver Navigation Center. Services offered are client-centered and based on participants’ goals, which increases chances for long-term success. Day Center staff utilize techniques such as trauma informed care, harm reduction, assertive engagement, motivational interviewing and strength-based practice to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all and to help participants meet their goals and improve their lives.
Since last November, 1,303 people accessed the Day Center:
64* people obtained housing, 39* people obtained employment, 1,077 people accessed shower and/or laundry facilities, and 389 people accessed case management or housing navigation
Alarmingly, Share is increasingly serving a new population at the Day Center: our senior citizens. Many of these men and women live on a fixed income with expenses that continue to rise. These individuals should be enjoying their golden years in the comfort of home but are now facing a shocking reality: homelessness. Once such individual was Julie.
When 84-year-old Julie+ visited Share’s Day Center, she was newly homeless and had run out of options. The owner of the apartment complex in which she lived had sold the property and notified residents that they would have to move. Julie had limited financial resources, faced continuously rising expenses and had no family or support system in the area for assistance. When the day came to vacate her apartment, Julie checked into a motel and stayed as long as she could, maxing out all of her credit cards.
Julie was confronted with the reality of sleeping on the streets when she heard about the Day Center. She met with our Housing Navigator, Mike, who put together a housing search plan for her. Within two days, Mike had arranged a meeting for Julie and a landlord with a room to rent. The meeting was successful, and she was approved to move in. Click the link below to read more about Julie’s story and how our Housing Navigators are helping people move into housing.
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