Volunteer Resources

St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup

St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup is partnering with New Connections to offer volunteer training for people working to reduce – and mitigate the effects of – homelessness and poverty in Pierce County. See Invitation to Action at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming FREE Volunteer Training Sessions

1: Homelessness 101

Next training: January 19, 2021, 6-7 PM Register Here

Additional Homelessness 101 Training Sessions: February 16 and March 16th

Homelessness 101 Resources

2: Trauma Informed Care & Vicarious Trauma

Next training: January 19, 2021, 7-8 PM Register Here

Trauma Informed Care Resources

3: Mental Health Disorders & De-Escalation

Registration link for February 16, 2021 Training will be posted soon

Mental Health and De-escalation Resources

Types of Mental Health Disorders (Web MD)

 4: Substance Use Disorders & Motivational Interviewing

Registration link for March 16, 2021 Training will be posted soon

Substance Use Disorder Resources

Motivational Interviewing Resources

Reflection in Action

with facilitator, Joel Hellenkamp
On fourth Wednesdays, from 6-7 pm, volunteer participants and ongoing volunteers are
invited to join us for guided reflection. These free zoom sessions provide a space for dialog
with others about the challenges and joys of our volunteer experiences. Winter
sessions: January 27, February 25, and March 25 – register here

Invitation to Action

Support the Revenue for Housing petition and citizen advocacy:

Join St. Leo Social Justice Commission in urging the Pierce County Council to utilize a new Washington State law allowing the County Council to authorize a local option sales tax of 1/10 of one percent for housing and related services. The funding from this 1/10th of 1% sales tax could generate as much as $20 million per year. This would be an immediate way to begin to meet the housing and services needs of those most vulnerable among us. It would mean one unnoticed penny tax on every ten dollars of sales. Please sign the Petition and share it with your networks.

Join others to voice your support through public comment at Pierce County Council meetings.

To join the ongoing grass roots group advocating for this council action, contact Carolyn Read at readcarolyn@comcast.net.