Lauren VanKeulen of 3:11 Youth Housing and Adrienne Goodstal of Mel Trotter join us
Partnering to End Homelessness
Credit Garry Knight / Homeless by a Wall - Flickr
Partnering to End Homelessness, monthly speaking to guests representing organizations united for this cause. Today we talk about youth homelessness with Lauren VanKeulen of 3:11 Youth Housing and Adrienne Goodstal of Mel Trotter.
Grand Rapids Officials are partnering with a homeless outreach organization Next Step of West Michigan to offer people holding signs and asking for a handout a chance to work for the day instead. The pilot program began in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been so successful that Grand Rapids Mayor Roslynn Bliss decided to give it a try here. Next Step program director Jonathan Peerboom says he was skeptical at first, but 90 percent of the people who are offered the work jump at the chance to take it.