Weekly Reader September 6, 2019
By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer
1. Workforce First: A Holistic Solution
By: The Other Ones Foundation
"The Workforce First (WFF) program is a holistic, two-tiered solution to this issue. We offer extremely low-barrier employment paired with highly personalized case management to help folks work towards their goals of stable housing and employment.
WFF offers employment to homeless adults as alternative to pan-handling. We pick up workers at a convenient location and drive them to the work sites, we provide all the gear needed for the work, and we provide lunch. This leaves our WFF crew open to an incredible number of people who would otherwise be unable to earn a day’s wage. These folks can now get right to work; earning some money, rebuilding some daily structure, gaining newfound confidence, and engaging in services through our case management team."
2. Toyota Shares It's “Secret Sauce” To Help D-FW Nonprofits Do More
By: FWDDFW, Sabrina Corsiga, Special Contributor
"Making more meals for those in need
Before the summer of 2016, the Our Community Pantry initiative run by the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) was only able to serve 50 people a day. NTFB also struggled with long wait times and a complicated volunteer training process.
To address these challenges, TSSC helped surface the issues, resulting in a new pantry layout and food distribution process. One major improvement was creating a backstock process, where volunteers can restock groceries in advance, even when there were no clients to assist. According to Sara Gorath, Senior Manager of Partner Development for the North Texas Food Bank, this change was a great takeaway for the nonprofit.
“Utilizing volunteers to help restock, while they were already here assisting shopping with clients, eliminated the need for extra staff time to prepare for the next day or the next week,” Gorath says.
The pantry is now divided into specific zones representing the different food groups, an innovation that allows clients to move through the pantry at a more uniform pace. With this simple reduction in checkout times, NTFB is now able to process more orders and feed approximately 80 hungry North Texans every day.
Thirty more people are fed each day because of TSSC."
3.Nurse Says Human Trafficking Battle Begins In Emergency Room
By: CBS 11, Ginger Allen
"Susan Blume is a nurse at Texas Health Resources. She has spent years trying to develop a protocol to help healthcare providers recognize human trafficking victims in the emergency room.
“She hadn’t slept. She was hungry. She hadn’t eaten.” Blume says those are just many of the signs in victims who come to the hospital for medical help. “She’d been beaten up by several other women that she lived with. …She delivered a baby in the hospital and…didn’t know her address and didn’t know what city she was in.”
Tattoos, bruises, someone who is controlling them are among other clues Blume says healthcare workers should also question.
“How many have I missed in my 12-year career?” asks Beth Stewart who is also a nurse at Texas Health Resources.
Stewart says nurses are trained to recognize strokes, domestic violence, chest pain…the list of medical conditions goes on and on. “…but you know we had not been given the tools to ask people about trafficking,” she added.
But that recently all changed. Blume trained Stewart and other nurses at Texas Health Resources to identify human trafficking victims in the emergency room."
4.Oakland’s Restorative-Justice Hub Wants to Redefine Public Safety
By: City Lab, Sarah Holder
"There are more than 3,000 local jails in the United States and another few thousand courthouses. In some people’s eyes, these institutions are monuments to public safety; to others, they represent the forces driving mass incarceration. This fall, a building will open in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood that hopes to become a different sort of community landmark, dedicated both to keeping the community safe and to breaking the cycle of poverty and imprisonment.
For years, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a local nonprofit focused on community-building and reducing incarceration, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC United), which fights for fair wages for restaurant workers, collaborated to develop the concept for Restore Oakland, a nonprofit hub and community center. In a 20,000-square-foot building catty-corner from the Fruitvale BART station,Restore Oakland will house local organizations and provide job training and housing assistance. A fine-dining restaurant called COLORS—whose staff will include formerly incarcerated people—a café, and a kitchen with space for entrepreneurs to run incubators will open on the ground floor."