In January of 2018, Hope Haven rolled out the Street Outreach program. This new campaign was created to identify additional survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We bring services to those who may be unable to call or lack the transportation to access resources. The goal is to physically go out into the community and bring services to survivors who are unable to come forward and request assistance or were unaware of the resources available due to their circumstances. A study conducted found that 13% of homeless women had been raped within a 12 month period, with half of those same individuals been raped twice during that year (Wenzel, 2000).
Here is what you can expect to see us doing:
Taking supplies directly into tent camps and budget hotels. These supplies include, but are not limited to, food, hygiene kits, paper products, bottled water, and pet supplies.
Free pantries throughout Cass County for access to food and supplies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Yearly hot meal events in different locations throughout the county providing free community resources such as housing, employment, mental health or substance abuse care, haircuts, general healthcare and more. These events will also give survivors an opportunity to speak directly with our advocates.
Street Outreach is a vital part of building comprehensive support systems for those we serve. By walking into the community and bringing services directly to this population, we can identify men, women, and children who have survived domestic and sexual violence but were unaware of their options for safety.