We’ve already heard great reports from some of our guides and volunteers who helped us in our projects. Many volunteers who participated in the count reported it was an eye opening experience, and their experience inspired them to do more for the homeless community. Todd*, a guide, reported he was able to use his money from participating in the census to get the tools and boots required for his new job, a goal that would have been unreachable without his work on the census. Jenny* used her money to get a haircut before several job interviews. We’ve received many such stories from our partners and it’s always thrilling to hear firsthand accounts of positive changes throughout the community.
Our partners at The Center for Collective Wisdom have expressed the importance of small groups of community members who care about each other, and subsquently act together in the achievement of community wellbeing. We are pleased to note that we saw strong evidence of this during our homeless census. Teams of volunteers and homeless guides left deployment centers focused on their task of enumerating and returned excited about the work they had done together, the relationships they had forged, and their contribution to an enhanced sense of community wellbeing.
*Names changed to protect anonymity.