HousingWorks believes in an evidence-based practice called Housing First also known as Permanent Supportive Housing.
It is a simple idea with powerful results–give the chronically homeless housing.
Once they have a home, they can then begin to address many of the issues that are the root causes of homelessness–mental and physical disabilities, addiction and abuse, and unemployment.
Think about it. If you were homeless how healthy would your diet be? how likely would you be able to hold down a job? how emotionally stable would you feel?
Every Tuesday for two months, I made pillow cases and tote bags with the residents of Moore Place.
We talked about building a community quilt and what that might mean.
For the last two sessions, we made quilt blocks.
I collected 32 quilt blocks made by the residents of Moore Place as well all the stakeholders in the project including staff from the Urban Ministry Center, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Moore Place.
I am calling this quilt HOME. If you would like to see my progress as I stitch these blocks together, you can by following me on Instagram or Facebook. As most of you know, I am not particularly tech savvy. I’m working on it. I do believe I have set links on my about blog page for you do to this.