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DOWNTOWN OUTREACH SPECIALIST

Within our Ambassador program we’ve created a position to specifically engage with homeless people, discovering individual needs and working through local outreach agencies to connect these individuals with the right services.

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CHRIS ANDERSON

Downtown Outreach Specialist

574-309-6853  |  chrisanderson@blockbyblock.com

TRAINING FOR ALL

You never know who will form a bond with a person in need. All our safety and cleaning ambassadors are trained in social service issues and how to communicate and connect individuals with any help needed. The Outreach Specialist serves as a coordinator for the overall team efforts and works with local outreach partners to provide strategic pathways for homeless people in our districts.

CONTRIBUTE TO A SOLUTION

 

When approached by a panhandler, consider not giving any money. Please consider

contributing to the solution by giving to one of the officially recognized organizations listed in the resource link below. These organizations provide invaluable resources to those in need and offer lasting help, instead of a temporary fix.

HOW TO SAY “NO”

 

Be intentional, confident and calm when interacting with a panhandler.


Acknowledge – make eye contact, do not break your movement and verbally give a succinct “no.”

Most panhandlers will recognize your firm stance and move on.

Give alternatives – panhandling will decrease if people stop giving. Instead, consider donating to a local charity. Several charities work nationwide to feed the poor, aid those struggling with addiction and provide shelter, education and resources to those in need.

 

 

Report Aggressive Panhandling to the Police (non-Emergency number) 574-235-9361

RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY

Help is available to all who need and want it. The City of South Bend has a website which lists all of the current resources for homelessness available in our community, including a map showing where people can get meals, restrooms, showers, laundry, shelter, and more.

 

 If you are approached by a panhandler, it’s okay to say “NO” and point them to any one of these downtown organizations who are providing these resources.

 

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