There’s a lot of odds stacked against a homeless person, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Kristyn shows you how you can make a difference.
Kristyn Stillwell is the Executive Director of H.O.P.E. Haven. Kristyn and her team empower homeless men and women and help them get over their addiction or mental illness, get jobs, and lead better lives. The best part of all of this is that her model is sustainable. Kristyn has partnered with various agencies and businesses all over her community to help reduce the homeless population in her city. Find out how she does it on this week’s episode.
Key Takeaways:[5:10] What is H.O.P.E. Haven’s mission? [6:55] In five years, H.O.P.E. Haven was able to help 70 people become stable and off of the street. [13:00] Kristyn believes she’s planting seeds of hope in those currently experiencing tough challenges. [16:25] H.O.P.E. Haven is a faith-based organization. However, they will accept anyone no matter their faith or their beliefs. At the end of the day, it’s about changing people’s lives for the better. [19:50] What kind of agencies has H.O.P.E. Haven partnered with? [24:35] Due to the partnerships Kristyn made with the sheriff’s department, she was able to get a brand new van to help transport homeless people to and from H.O.P.E. Haven. [26:50] Kristyn discusses how she trains the homeless and the police staff on how to interact with each other. [30:35] What lessons can we learn from this particular sheriff’s department and how they handle their homeless population? [34:20] How does Kristyn get paid? [44:05] The biggest problem that makes someone homeless is that they’re simply not making enough money to survive. It is Kristyn’s goal to get them higher paying jobs. [51:25] What are volunteers and businesses who support H.O.P.E. Haven getting out of all of this? [54:15] Kristyn shares some stories about the people her charity has helped. [1:04:55] You have to meet people where they are. That’s the first step for good outreach. [1:06:55] How can people adopt Kristyn’s model into their own county or city?
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