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The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI)  is an independently funded, non-profit organization whose mission includes the prevention and ending of homelessness in the seven county, Metro Denver Region by facilitating, integrating and tracking cooperative, community-wide and regional systems of care for people who have become homeless, but seek to live in a stable home and maximize self-sufficiency.

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MDHI Seeks Volunteers for the 2015 Point-in-Time

Each year, Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) organizes a collaborative effort to survey the homeless people in our community. The information gathered from the survey provides us with a “snapshot” of the individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness on the night of January 26, 2015.

Two types of surveys are conducted:
-Volunteers for the sheltered count will survey at locations such as homeless shelters, food banks, human service   offices and other indoor locations where people go to seek shelter or services.

-Volunteers for the unsheltered count will go out in teams with staff to survey people in locations such as parks, riverbeds, parking lots and other places where we may find people who are not accessing shelter or services.

 

When:  Week of January 26, 2015.  Volunteers will be asked to commit to a four-hour shift at a minimum.  Volunteers will also be required to attend a two-hour training session prior to the day of the count.

 

Where: We need volunteers in the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver and Jefferson

 

How will the information be collected?

Information is collected via a survey.  Volunteers will interview homeless people and collect information on the survey tool.

Desired Skills:

  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Must be able to work with diverse populations including the impoverished, ex-offenders, and persons of all ethnicities
  • Must be patient, cheerful and compassionate
  • Must relate well to volunteers, agency staff, and general public
  • Must possess an awareness of and dedication to human needs

How do I sign up?

To get connected with a County Volunteer Coordinator, click here.

Please send questions and comments to:

Joe Baker, Data Coordinator, joe.baker@mdhi.org, (303) 295-1772 x103