I really wanted my passion project to pertain to the area of work I am investing my time on the weekends. Recently I had got offered the opportunity to work for both of these programs along with another program called Oakdale from the YWCA. I was hoping with this new job I could do some research both to better understand the population of people that will be my clients along with creating something curriculum based.
Many Questions I had burning about this topic at the beginning is that was the homelessness problem to big to end and even though with Canada’s high rates of homeless and poverty I really think us humans should have housing as a right and wanted to look more into why I had these believes and which minority groups are truly represented as these homeless groups throughout the province. When backing the statistics to the place I work I can tell you it is interesting to note 95 percent of the people attending the program I work at are Canadians Indigenous. With this truly sad statistic I wondered what the classroom truly could do to help with this problem.
Here is some information below that pertains to what I talked about in my presentation.
A Housing First Initiative
What is Homeward Bound?
Homeward Bound focuses on moving people who are chronically and episodically homeless as rapidly as possible from the street or emergency shelters into permanent housing with supports that vary according to participant needs. The supports are provided by a case management team and/or a case manager that serves as a main point of contact for the participant from assessment to follow-up.
The focus is primarily on the chronically and episodically homeless:
Chronically homeless refers to individuals, often with disabling conditions (e.g. chronic physical or mental illness, substance abuse problems), who are currently homeless and have been homeless for six months or more in the past year (i.e. have spent more than 180 nights in a shelter or place not fit for human habitation). To the extent possible, we prioritize those chronic homeless who have been homeless the longest.
Episodically homeless refers to individuals, often with disabling conditions, who are currently homeless and have experienced three or more episodes of homelessness in the past year (of note, episodes are defined as periods when a person would be in a shelter or place not fit for human habitation for a certain period, and after at least 30 days, would be back in the shelter or place).
Homeward Bound Intention
Homeward Bound seeks to end homelessness by providing timely access to permanent housing in our community. A care plan is then prepared by the participant in collaboration with Homeward Bound. The participant forms a working alliance with Homeward Bound and identifies unique treatment/outcome goals. Homeward Bound helps participants to access community health services for acute and chronic health issues. Participants are then offered assistance in pursuing these goals. These goals might include vocational training and support in establishing and re-establishing social, familial, and spiritual connections. These interventions are intended to produce housing stability, participation in treatment services, and decreases in emergency service utilization. These interventions are intended to promote community integration.
HOUSING OUTREACH SUPPORTS
· Individual needs assessment
· Connecting and supporting participants in permanent housing
· Intensive outreach services to participants including home visits and crisis intervention
· Independent living skills development aimed at promoting community integration and improving quality of life
· Building and maintaining relationships with landlords including mediating during times of conflict
· Participant advocacy
· Set-up of initial home (furniture, household supplies, groceries etc.)
· Connection of participants to other community services
· Assistance with government applications and forms
For more information about Homeward Bound, please contact the Manager, Dave Hobden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum Content related to this topic would be:
Examine the effects of globalization on the lives of people in Canada and in circumpolar and Pacific Rim countries.
Indicators for this outcome
|(a)||Identify the countries of origin of people, or of personal objects or tools (e.g., clothing, foods, friends, classmates, teachers, electronic equipment, favourite websites).|
|(b)||Investigate the international links of a Saskatchewan business.|
|(c)||Define globalization, and identify examples of globalization in the local community.|
|(d)||Analyze the economic impact of globalization in relation to the effects on the environment.|
|(e)||Articulate and interpret the main arguments for and against globalization.|
|(f)||Conduct an inquiry to determine the effects of globalization on the local community.
Direct Links to where I found minority information within Canada’s homeless population:
What can we as educators do?
In my own classroom I would propose a project called healthy for the homeless. Together students and I would pitch in a toonie every Friday for a shared lunch. This could be soup, cold rolls, vegetable lasagna, sushi, etc. We would make enough for the class at lunch and join with other schools in the community so the homeless within our city would have another thing they might not need to worry about on a Friday like making food. If it was okay with the school, I would allow both students to cut and teach about these vegetables’ health benefits to the homeless people as we know homelessness ties into many who are without work or never had completed their education. If not, students could make them at school and myself or another teacher could drop it off for the night’s supper after school. This would make for a great conversation with the students, they will get to understand why it is hard for someone to make goals if they are always questioning how to just survive the day. We will also talk about the rise of homelessness and where it stems from. I got this idea from the book stone soup where you could have each student represent a character in the book. The book is about one person coming along and adding one ingredient to the soup unit it tastes perfect. This could then tie to health talking about relationships giving, sharing etc.
In this class I made Cold Rolls: