Seven years ago, the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) initiated outreach services by having one Safety Ambassador engaging in outreach in the community one day per week. Since then the efforts have grown to include what is now a team comprised of the Outreach Manager, Data Analyst & Clerical Support, Outreach Supervisor and three full-time Outreach Ambassadors.
The MID Outreach Team works to connect the homeless and mentally ill on the streets of Downtown Seattle with services, housing, treatment, employment and other basic needs. For many who live on the streets, there isn’t a clear path for how to connect with services and basic needs to improve their lives. The MID Outreach Team can serve as a bridge to provide the homeless in Downtown with a more direct route to a better life.
MID Outreach: Helping the Homeless, Educating the Community
Jackie St. Louis, the new MID street outreach manager, is working with Seattle’s most vulnerable: those who are mentally ill and living on the streets. He’s hoping to not only help them find services, but also educate Downtown residents and workers on mental health. read more
“The only solution to a human problem has to be found within other human beings,” he said. “People should look within themselves to find what makes them passionate about humanity. At MID, we’re passionate about people who feel they were forgotten.”
More on MID Outreach:
- Q13FOX News – Homeless in Seattle: Two men share their journey to get off the streets
- New Wheels, New Lease on Life… MID Outreach
- MID Outreach – Helping Reconnect Lives