Volunteer Resources

St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup

Promoting access to adequate shelter, and other basic needs, for all in Pierce County.

St. Leo Homelessness Workgroup is partnering with New Connections to offer volunteer training for people working to reduce – and mitigate the effects of – homelessness in Pierce County.

Join us Wednesday, October 21, 2020 for

Octopus Tank (a zoom event)

Octopus Tank Flyer 2020

Register at Eventbrite

Why an Octopus Tank?

We are not Sharks (tough, self-made, billionaires), we are a community with many arms and the goal of Shelter for All. Because we know we don’t have all the answers, we’re inviting you to help us gather fresh ideas that inspire action. This is a chance to join others in creating, promoting, and implementing innovations that can make a difference for unsheltered people in Pierce County.

Why Focus on Shelter for All?

The ink had barely dried on the constitution before homelessness became a national problem. We’ve been trying to “solve” homelessness ever since. We are grateful for the many creative minds that continue to focus on the BIG picture, but people often disagree about solutions. Increasingly, political divisiveness impedes progress and lack of shelter has reached epidemic proportions in the richest country in the world.

Meanwhile, smaller scale ideas often benefit from non-partisan support. These ideas are sometimes hyper-local and can typically be quickly deployed to make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Bring your ideas (of any size) to the Octopus Tank or just bring an open mind to listen to the ideas of others.

Upcoming FREE Volunteer Training Session

1: Homelessness 101

Next training: January 13, 2021, 6-7 PM (registration opens December 1)

Homelessness 101 Resources

2: Trauma Informed Care & Vicarious Trauma

Next training: January 13, 2021, 7-8 PM (registration opens December 1)

Trauma Informed Care Resources

3: Mental Health Disorders & De-Escalation

Mental Health and De-escalation Resources

Types of Mental Health Disorders (Web MD)

 4: Substance Use Disorders & Motivational Interviewing

Substance Use Disorder Resources

Motivational Interviewing Resources