Sharing Lives: 2023 Summer Edition

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Building relationships, advocating for equitable access to housing … every day!

“We know that the solution to homelessness is in housing, and that the lack of a permanent home is not the only challenge facing most unhoused people, but it is one difficulty they all have in common.” This reality was shared by Kevin Leffler, Director of Lincoln Place, in a video compilation of Share’s housing and shelter program directors, which premiered at our Annual Meeting in May.

In addition to Kevin, the video features: Jason Dolgoff, Community Wellness Program Director; Nicky Ferguson, Family Pathways Program Director; Jenny Walker, Collaborative Housing Program Director; and Amy Reynolds, Deputy Director speaking on the Affordable Stability & Housing Program.

Two stories of success are shared below, but we also invite you to watch the full video that is also posted on this page. And as Amy Reynolds notes near the end of the video: Our whole goal is to make our community home.

“We had a client who learned how to catch the bus on her own. This was important, as she was going to and from Clark College to learn English. On her second day of classes, she came back around three o’clock in the afternoon and was ecstatic—over the moon happy! It was because she had learned how to get around Clark County so she could provide what her
family needs.”—Nicky Ferguson

“There can be a common misperception that Housing First means housing only. We strive to provide a robust array of services and to provide them in a way that invites participation, is strengths-based, is individualized, and rooted in residents’ interests, values, and goals. A resident recently shared feeling so safe at Lincoln Place.

“The joy of having her own apartment to come home to every night, a safe place for her belongings, including needed medications, and the importance of this in addressing basic needs and improving her health. But she also spoke of her apartment at Lincoln Place as a place she can invite friends to, having been able to adopt a puppy, and having a renewed sense of community. It’s been restorative for her.”—Kevin Leffler

Click here or on the image above to download a PDF version of the 2023 Summer Edition of Sharing Lives to read all the stories from this quarter.

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