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  • 1. Underrepresented Population: The Homeless James D. Worsley, MS, LRT/CTRS Facility Manager Past Homeless Coordinator Mecklenburg County Park & Rec.
  • 2. What’s in store for you? <ul><li>Common Stereotypes of the Homeless </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be homeless? </li></ul><ul><li>How many people are homeless? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do homeless people typically live? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are people homeless? </li></ul>
  • 3. What’s in store for you? <ul><li>Therapeutic recreation programs for the homeless </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program sponsors </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Common stereotypes of the homeless <ul><li>Most homeless people are single men who are drunks and/or drug addicts. </li></ul><ul><li>Homelessness is particular to one ethnic, age or social group. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless people are dangerous and should be feared. </li></ul>
  • 5. Common stereotypes of the homeless <ul><li>Homeless people are uneducated and unemployable. </li></ul><ul><li>People choose to be homeless. </li></ul><ul><li>Homeless people don’t want help, they just want a hand out. </li></ul>
  • 6. A homeless individual is someone who: <ul><li>Lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and primarily resides in a temporary, emergency or transitional shelter, in a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; </li></ul>
  • 7. Definition continued <ul><li>Is living in an overcrowded, doubled up situation and who is being evicted within seven days, has no subsequent address and lacks the resources and support network needed to obtain access to housing; </li></ul>
  • 8. Definition continued <ul><li>Is living in substandard housing that has been condemned and has no place to go or the resources to obtain other housing; </li></ul><ul><li>Is fleeing a domestic violence situation and has no safe place to go. </li></ul>
  • 9. Definition continued <ul><li>Is being evicted from or forced to leave a dwelling unit within a week or being discharged from an institution after residence of more than 30 consecutive days; </li></ul><ul><li>Resident for 30 consecutive days or less in hospital, jail, or other institution. </li></ul><ul><li>According to HUD (Housing and Urban Development) </li></ul>
  • 10. Demographics (Based on Census 2000; Urban Institute) <ul><li>National Homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>280,527 people were counted in homeless shelters, at soup kitchens, on the streets, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between 2.3 million and 3.5 million people will experience homelessness at least once over the course of a year </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. Where do the homeless call home? <ul><li>Emergency Shelters </li></ul>
  • 12. Where do the homeless call home? <ul><li>Transitional Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Motels &amp; Boarding Houses </li></ul>
  • 13. Where do the homeless call home? <ul><li>Doubled or Tripled Up With Family or Friends </li></ul><ul><li>On the Streets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under bridges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In cars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camps in wooded areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abandoned buildings and Vacant lots </li></ul></ul>
  • 14. Why are people homeless? <ul><li>Leading causes of homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of safe, decent and affordable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty/low wage earnings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Why are people homeless? <ul><li>Leading causes of homelessness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental illness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronic health issues and disabilities </li></ul></ul>
  • 16. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Services provided to approximately 200 participants monthly </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with approximately 15 agencies </li></ul>
  • 17. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Journeys of Discovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ages 5 to 18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose is to provide educational drama experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plan stage productions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attend live plays </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leisure education in reference to culture and heritage </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 18. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Journeys of Discovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2005 NACo Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase self-esteem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positive behaviors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Respect for self and respect for others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity &amp; individuality </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 19. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Outer Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ages 7 to 17 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose is to provide extreme recreational programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carolina Panthers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bob Cats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rock Climbing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 20. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Outer Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Offers cultural enriching opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positive role models </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increases self-esteem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positive behaviors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 21. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Outer Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Circus </li></ul></ul>
  • 22. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Outer Limits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rock climbing </li></ul></ul>
  • 23. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Healthy Strides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose is to provide a health &amp; wellness program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fitness equipment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Swimming </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Therapeutic hot tub </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 24. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Healthy Strides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve physical &amp; mental health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase self-esteem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team building skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Problem solving skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 25. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Healthy Strides </li></ul>
  • 26. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>There’s a writer in me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose is to express self through creative writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journal writing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poetry </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short Stories </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 27. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>There’s a writer in me </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity &amp; individuality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Written &amp; verbal communication skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Team building </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 28. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Young Achievers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades K – 5 th </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose is to provide an after-school and mentorship program </li></ul></ul>
  • 29. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Young Achievers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2005 NCRPA Innovative Program Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 Community Service Award given by A Child’s Place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 NACPRO Program Award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006 NACo Program Award </li></ul></ul>
  • 30. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Young Achievers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase self-esteem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase leisure awareness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve appropriate social skills </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 31. Therapeutic Recreation Programs for the Homeless <ul><li>Additional Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Camp Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little League Book Club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alpha Academy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Alpha </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving Thanks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Santa </li></ul></ul>
  • 32. QUESTIONS?

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