“I think it is important to give back to your community and to support the youth around us because they are tomorrow's leaders. Showing a Latina presence at community events also helps to represent the span of what all brown women are capable of. Helping to have a small part in a much bigger picture encapsulates what I feel my purpose is in life.”- Danielle Robles
I remember meeting Danielle Robles two years ago at a meeting I was leading for the Take Back the Streets event. Danielle offered to cook for the 300+ attendees at the time. The day of the event she showed up, she scrubbed tables, moved furniture, sweated and seriously organized everything about the food serving area. I remember she looked at me, as I was busy attending to other details and said, “I got this, go do other things.” As a person who organizes events, I wanted to believe her but the anxiety lead me back to check on her 15 minutes later. Danielle was directing folks, organizing everyone’s roles and smiling while doing it. She looked at me and said, “I told you I got this.” I never had to go back. We feed over 300 people that day.
Danielle has continued to come through at every event that Vox Siren has produced. EVERY EVENT! This past Sunday, she managed the tabling for Produced By Her. We had 400 people show up, with over 400 people in attendance, the table never stopped bustling. Danielle never stressed.
“I love Vox Siren's impact on the community the city and the joy it brings to greet someone with love, compassion and excellence. I love giving back to something, as I have overcame struggles as well as giving to the city that I grew up in. It is a very small part of the puzzle; however it is what I am able to contribute.” -says Danielle.
Danielle is the type of person we all need on our team as we pursue important work. She is calm, resilient, resourceful and passionate. Vox Siren extends a bow to you Danielle! Thank you for your support.
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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