QLIFE & Street Teams
Reflecting the quality of community in the lives of others increases the quality of life for all.
Sarasota is trying to achieve 100% quality of life for all.
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QUALITY LIFE CENTER
- where hope is connected to opportunity
- where we meet the person, not the problem
- where we serve the person, not the population
To reduce homelessness, The Salvation Army implemented a Quality of Life by Choice at the Quality Life Center. Watch the page in coming months as the community develops new procedures and policies to ensure efficient access to services throughout Sarasota County.
The Salvation Army QLife response to homelessness offers three(3) days of comfort (at no charge) that allows 24 hours of rest and refreshment in our overnight shelter. The expectation is that the person meet with a case worker by 8 a.m. in the morning to participate in Coordinated Entry. Coordinated Entry is a HUD mandated, community system for connecting homeless individuals to housing projects across the region. Once an individual has completed a Coordinated Entry intake(Access Point), the person will have the opportunity for four (4) days of choice (at no charge). These days are used so the person can connect with a case manager for support to review the subjective quality of life choices and identify goals. If, through the Coordinated Entry process, it is determined there is an available housing project to connect the individual with, the person can choose twenty-one (21) days of change (at no charge).
This will give time to work out the minimum intervention, maximum choice plan of action toward housing (PATH).
After the twenty-eight (28) days the person will contribute 30% of their income to program services. This is economically sound for the organization and the person, as free food and free shelter with free length of stay increases homelessness.
This is an investment in their choices, in their personal PATH.
The forecast is that the majority of persons can be assisted to a different level of service within fifty-eight (58) days. The Salvation Army is one of 27 agencies in the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Part of the PATH design will be connecting the right resources to maximize individual choice to minimum intervention of community resources to stabilize housing.
STREET TEAMS PROGRAM
May, 2017 – Five Year Anniversary of Street Teams Program Results…..70-75% of program participants successfully gain employment and move from the Center of Hope shelter to housing.
The Salvation Army’s Street Team program is a cooperative effort between The Salvation Army and the City of Sarasota. The program is designed to give people who are homeless an opportunity to attain employment and stable housing. The City of Sarasota in partnership with The Salvation Army launched the program on Monday, May 21, 2012. This program serves as a component of the emergency shelter program aimed at the chronically homeless. It provides team members a work readiness program that is an alternative to panhandling – cleaning the streets that they previously loitered, littered and panhandled on. Street Team members work four hours per day, Monday through Friday, keeping Main Street, Bayfront and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd area streets free of litter; they also landscape city beds and other projects the City deems helpful. For example, Street Teams have been mobilized to clean-up after parades and storms. Regular morning clean-up provides clients with room and board at The Salvation Army and enables them to conduct job searches in the afternoon. Merchants and residents comment frequently on the value of Street Team contributions to the community. More important is the impact the Street Team program has on rebuilding client lives, reuniting families and restoring dignity and self-sufficiency. (The City of Sarasota is providing grants toward operating the program from the Economic Development Grant.)