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					Safe Nights of Calvert County   1   9/2/2011
             SAFE NIGHTS
                  OF
           CALVERT COUNTY



           BACKGROUND


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           WHO ARE THE HOMELESS?

                      Invisible
               Outside mainstream
           Mental, social, physical problems
                   Little support
                     Not dirty
                  Not dangerous

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      WHY IS SAFE NIGHTS NEEDED?

           Project ECHO transition Shelter
               Chronically homeless
                  No alternative
                 Right thing to do.



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           HOW DO WE KNOW THE PROGRAM WORKS?


       Charles County used as model.
       Researched throughout nation.
           Successful seasons.
         Host churches returned
            Positive feedback.

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    HOST CHURCH PARTICIPANTS
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   Calvary United Apostolic
   Calvert County Baptist
   Chesapeake Church
   Dunkirk Baptist
   Emmanuel Church
   First Lutheran
   Full Gospel Assembly of God
   Grace Brethren Church


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             HOST CHRUCH PARTICIPANTS
                                7




         Greater Mt. Zion Church
         Healing and Deliverance Church
         Jesus the Divine Word Catholic
         Middleham/St. Peters Episcopal
         Mt. Harmony UMC
         Peter’s UMC
         St. Edmond’s UMC


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             HOST CHURCH PARTICIPANTS
                                8




    St.John’s UMC
   St. John Vianney Catholic Church

   St. Nicholas Lutheran Church

   St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

   St. Paul UMC

   Smithville UMC

   Trinity UMC

o In Total, 22 HOST CHURCHES
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           ASSISTING PARTICIPANTS

             o All Saints Episcopal
             oBeit Chaverim
             o Christ Episcopal
             o Coopers UMC
             o Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist
             o Emmanuel United Methodist
             o Huntingtown UMC
             o Jesus the Good Shepherd
             o Olivet United Methodist
             o Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic


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  ASSISTING PARTICIPANTS, Contd.
               o          Patuxent Friends Meeting
               o          Patuxent UMC
               o          Solomon’s UMC
               o          Universality Unitarian
               o          Waters UMC
                           In total, 15 Assisting
                               Churches


              SUMMARY:
                         11 Host Church Participants
                         5 Possible Host Church Participants
                         14 Assisting Church Participants
                                                                   Total Church Participants: 30




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          Coordinator Overview




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           Safe Nights of
           Calvert County
            Duties of The Safe
             Nights Program
                Directors

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           Safe Nights of
           Calvert County
           Duties of a Safe Nights
           Associate Coordinator


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             General Responsibilities




           • Assist host churches

                • Be a liaison


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           Safe Nights of
           Calvert County
           Duties of a Safe Nights
             Host Coordinator


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      Host Coordinator Responsibilities
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 Attend Host Coordinator Training
 Recruit and train shelter volunteers
 Oversee set and breakdown of shelter
 Oversee shelter materials
 Keep the shelter clean, safe and healthy
 Coordinate meals
 Maintain shelter records
 Report to associate coordinator as necessary



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               Safe Nights Paperwork




       Safe Nights Intake Assessment Form
       Safe Nights Guest Shelter Agreement (to
        be signed by Guest)
       Safe Nights Host Participation
        Agreement (to be signed by host church)
       Safe Nights Operating Manual

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               Background Checks



           • Background checks run on
             Guest in three phases
             County Sheriff does warrant
              search.
             We check National Sex Offender
              Registry
             We also do Maryland Judiciary
              Case search on Guest.
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   Safe Nights of Calvert County Intake
          Assessment Form
                           Form includes:
                         • Personal data
            Drivers License, Automobile Registration
                           Family Data
                         Residence Data
                         Employer Data
                          Other Income
             Criminal Convictions/Pending Charges
                        Substance Abuse

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   Safe Nights of Calvert County Intake
          Assessment Form

                  Form also includes:
                    Medical History
                      Medications
                    Doctor’s Name
                        Allergies
                     Dietary Needs
            Emergency Healthcare Information

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 Safe Nights Guest Shelter Agreement


           • Guest must sign before being
             admitted
           • Agreement rules will be
             enforced
           • When enforcing these rules, err
             on side of safety.
           • No major problems to date,
             perhaps in part to these
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             regulations
      Guest Shelter Agreement, Contd.


           • Agreement enforcement further
             explained in Overnight Monitor
             Training presentation.
           • Be consistent, actions affect all
             other host churches
           • Guests pick up on
             inconsistencies and use to their
             advantage.
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           Host Participation Agreement


           • Host Participation Agreement
             spells out duties of Host
             Church.
           • Agreement sets the minimum
             standards for host shelter.
           • Agreement is self-explanatory


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           Safe Nights Operating Manual


           • Safe Nights Operating Manual
             spells out how program is to
             operate and documents and
             regulations to be followed.
           • This document ties together
             various agreements and
             functions of Safe Nights
             program.
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     Safe Nights of Calvert
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            County

                Profile of Homeless Guests




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                      Psychiatric Conditions
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      Adult Guests
     reported/took
       medication
                                • Anxiety/Depression
      indicative of             • Bi-Polar
        following               • Manic/Depressive
     conditions, by
         order of               • Schizophrenic
         ranking:


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                 Other Medical Conditions
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       Most guests              • In the past four
     reported being               seasons, only one
        current on                guest reported
           their                  that he had AIDS.
        physicals.              • No other guests
     Most reported                reported any
       having chest               communicable
       X-rays with                diseases during
      the past year.              their intakes.


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                                Age Statistics
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 The age statistics which follow were based on the
  first season. They still reflect the overall age
  breakdown to a great degree.
 As expected, there were age variations from year to
  year.

 Surprisingly, at the beginning of this fourth season,
   we are noticing a number of first-time homeless.
   This may be significant.


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          Age Breakdown of Guests
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                                Ages followed bell
                                curve distribution:

                                 0-10 yrs       2

                                 11-20          0

                                21-30          14

                                 31-40          4

                                41-50           11

                                 51-60         2

                                 61-70          2
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                     Seasons 1-3,
Season 1, 36 reg., Season 2, 65 reg., Season 3, 49 reg.
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                                       #1   #2   3

               Age 60-70              2    3    1
                         50-59        4    9    7
                        40-49         10   18   16
                        30-39         9    7    5
                        20-29         10   20   16
                         18-19        0    1    1
                          0-17        1    7    3

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        Season #4, Current Registration
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                      50-59         1
                      40-49         1
                      30-39         1
                      20-29         1
                      18-19         2




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    More Statistics—Sheltering the Homeless
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   Season Dates                Weeks Churches Guests   Male Female   Children


   Feb-Mar 2008                8      7         29     17      11       1

   Nov 2008-Mar 2009           20     15        39     25      12       2

 Nov 2009-Mar 2010 22    18    33    23     8     2
 ________________________________________________________
 Totals            50    ----  101   65     31    5


   The ratio of males to females changes from year to year, but overall there is
    about a 2 to 1 ratio of males to females in the Safe Nights’ population.




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        Criminal Activity of Guests
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     Do’s and Don’t’s for Volunteers




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           Do’s and Don’ts for Volunteers
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 Do treat guests with compassion
 Don’t ignore their needs


 Do listen to guest concerns with sincerity
 Don’t lend them money


 Do keep all guest interactions at arm’s length
 Don’t try to match their street “smarts”



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           Do’s and Don’ts for Volunteers
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 Do encourage guests to comply with rules
 Don’t break those same rules yourself


 Do encourage cleanliness in the shelter
 Don’t leave kitchen and bathrooms a mess


 Do try to understand shelter rules
 Don’t be too proud to ask questions



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 Do remember that you represent the church
 Don’t act as if you’ve never been in one before


 Do follow guidelines
 Don’t act as if they were your punishment


 Do remember to be consistent in your actions
 Don’t make it rough on those that follow you



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 Do help fellow volunteers by being punctual
 Don’t make others wait because of you


 Do keep track of time in the shelter
 Don’t ignore the lights out rule


 Do remind guests of smoking rules
 Don’ t allow after hours smoking



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 Do mingle with guests at table
 Don’t treat them as if they were lepers


 Do remember that this is a homeless shelter
 Don’t let guests convince you that it is a hotel


 Do remember to call 911 in emergencies
 Don’t be a hero!!!



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 Do undertake this ministry with an open
  heart
 Don’t forget it could be Christ that you are
  serving
 Do make the most of your time as a volunteer


 Don’t forget that, but for the grace of God,
   you might be one of the guests



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             Thank You
You are not alone. You will have an
 associate coordinator and program
 coordinators for support.

You will find that, at the end of your shelter
 week, the rewards are much greater than the
 efforts!


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