Update from Headquarters…
I am back behind a bar in San Diego to pay bills, just finished a move to a new apartment, and will be gone the first week of October. So for the past several weeks, I haven’t been able to give this project the attention it deserves, but fear not.
After conducting the latest round of interviews in July, I have been able to go through some of the footage, which has helped me refocus the project to more specific goals.
I thought it would be awesome to highlight the mobile outreach programs that are extremely effective for Chicago’s communities experiencing homelessness. The Night Ministry were a part of these interviews, and they will surely be a focal point of the project going forward.
I was in contact with Thresholds over the summer, and will continue to attempt to schedule interviews with their organization to share the incredible work they’re dedicated to, too.
I interviewed a lawyer from Chicago Coalition for the Homeless that can connect me with some of the people I spoke with last March (2018), and I was also able to briefly meet with Ali, who is an outreach specialist for CCH. Their experience and perspective is important to share, and I’m hoping to be able to include them in the final product.
So the plan for now is to focus on the mobile outreach programs, and these are a few of the leaders in their field.
Another aspect I think is crucial to the story, but may not be covered in this specific project is the work of the hospitals in Chicago. They have actually started developing supportive housing programs for chronically homeless, as their medical bills for emergency room visits are far more expensive than it is to actually help these people stay out of the hospital, through long-term and sometimes permanent support in housing, and daily care. I have not researched this topic enough, an am trying to focus right now on the mobile outreach programs, but if I am granted funds, and am able to explore this topic, I think it is worth everyone’s time.
I am trying to schedule the next round of interviews in November. I am hoping I am able to make this the last trip to Chicago for the project, but am willing to take as many trips as necessary to compile footage and make sure I have asked all pertinent questions.
Having said that, is there anything YOU want me to ask? Are there topics you hope I am able to include on this project? What am I missing? I can’t guarantee I am able, but would love your input to help drive this mission. Feel free to text me if you have my number, or you can always reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for your continued support. I am putting together my next post, which will be about Stephan’s work with The Night Ministry. I had a great interview with him, but it was in the street, and I didn’t realize until scanning the footage later that my autofocus had refocused a few minutes into the interview. So instead of making you squint through that, I thought I could write an article about the interview, instead. Please stay tuned; he had some great info I am excited to share…