Some of my current consumers have noticed that I’ve been busy working a lot in my office recently… Why, you might ask? Well, because I&R is preparing an exciting new series of workshops on our most-often requested areas of inquiry. Why provide the same information and serve one person in an hour when we could help ten?
I am looking forward to offering them to general public soon! The first workshops being rolled out this month are on housing.
Information on Housing represents a third of total call volume – and has been so, consistently, year after year, for the 10 years that I’ve been here. Starting on Thursday, Nov 11th, and held every week on Thursdays thereafter from 10 to 12 noon, the session will be divided into two parts:
Part I, Housing Options, is from 10 am – 11 am. Do you need help figuring out where to live? Part one will focus on the entire housing array in the local area, examining the pluses and minus for each type. Detailed information about providers for each type of housing will be provided, along with hand-outs. You will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.
Part II: Housing - Ready, Set, Go! is from 11:20 am – 12:20 pm. Do you find yourself always having problems with housing? Would you like to figure out how to get out from under this cycle of problems? This workshop will focus on factors that affect your ability to obtain and keep housing. The impact of Income, credit history and felony records will be discussed. You can attend one or both sessions.
I am also excited about some future workshops I am still working on… Look for them in the coming months!
Disability & Disclosure: The Elephant in the Living Room
Participants will discuss disability and disability acceptance, particularly as it affects self-esteem. Stigma will be examined, especially in relation to self-disclosure. Students will then review both direct and indirect disclosure statements, discuss when and under what circumstances s/he might want to use them, and share experiences. With a focus on strengths, the session will conclude with each participant creating, editing and practicing one direct and one indirect disclosure statement,.
Money Troubles / Crisis. What to do if the worst happens.
Evictions, foreclosures, utility shut-offs. Finding cash funding sources and how they work, preparing for an eviction/foreclosure that can’t be helped. These are some problems we’ll cover in the Money Troubles Workshop.
Moving Home – For persons with disabilities / your loved one.
If you or a family member are moving back home with a friend, family member, or relative due to age, onset of disability, or recent crisis, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. We’ll talk about all the issues and things you’ll need to think about to make your move more successful. This workshop is for people with disabilities, parents, family members, and friends of people with disabilities who may be facing this type of situation. The workshop will have 2 parts:
Part I: Moving Home – Accessibility. Focus on accessible transportation, automobile modification & retraining, ramps, assistive aids, and cash assistance.
Part II: Moving Home – Community-based supports. Focus on income, obtaining personal assistants, and isolation (social / recreational options)
Next Steps: Transitioning Your Youth or Family Member Out.
Do you or a family member need help moving out of the house, either for the first time, or as an adult? We’ll help you figure out how to find housing, how to find ‘a life’ outside of home, and provide information about resources for rehab, services, and more.
I am having a great time getting ready for these presentations and I look forward to working with you at one of them!
Community Resource Specialist