According to a new report from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Oregon's homeless population rose by nearly nine percent over the last year. It is urgent that we collectively create solutions that address the root causes creating homelessness. Across the region, social service agencies are in need of a combination of educational resources and practical tools that support a collective and consistent approach to prevention and intervention. Agencies across our region struggle to keep staff educated on the most effective and authentic ways to work with the homeless population. There are specific trainings that all direct service providers need in order to positively understand and impact clients. It can be extremely challenging for social service providers to schedule, resource and send staff to the training they need to be effective in their jobs. Training can also be cost prohibitive. And when free training is offered, it is very difficult to schedule staff to attend these in a timely manner, or at all.
Vox Siren has built a partnership with New Avenues for Youth to offer a creative solution. For the next two months Vox Siren will be conducting an internal evaluation with their staff to analyze the highest priorities for an on-demand digital training. New Avenues for Youth has also invited selected external partners to also provide critical feedback in the evaluation. They realize that collective educational resources is vital to the continuum of support for our homeless populations. Once we have analyzed the data we will begin creating a digital module that will be made available at a low cost to providers across the city and nation.
This on-demand resource that has the potential to support thousands of people in the social service industry. We are excited to bring this resource to the city soon!
If you are interested in learning more about creating a digital library for your organizational training needs, contact Zoe Piliafas at firstname.lastname@example.org
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