Updated: Sep 27
Experience has shown that bringing services directly to those who need them - wherever they happen to be - is far more effective than sending people to an office within the community. That is why the Alliance is creating a formal collaboration with Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) and Providence’s Population Health.
The Mobile Outreach Services Team (M.O.S.T.) will bring the services exactly where the services are needed. The Alliance will help clients obtain ID, apply for and find housing, assist with job searches, and connect them with other agencies as appropriate. BMAC will provide case management, coordinated entry, and navigation to other BMAC services. Population Health will provide preventative health screenings, health education, screening for the social determinants of health, and connect clients to health services.
In the County of Walla Walla, there are about 200 unsheltered homeless adults and only about 100 shelter beds. This means that about half of our county’s homeless population is living unsheltered and does not readily engage with services.
As an innovative solution, a used motor home will be acquired and converted into mobile offices. This will bring outreach services to those who are homeless, whether they reside in a shelter or are living outdoors. The Mobile Outreach Services Team will be at the Sleep Center two or three days each week. On other days, it will bring services to those who are unsheltered and to surrounding communities that lack support.
Although we have received a three-year State of Washington grant to operate the mobile offices, the grant does not cover the purchase and re-purposing of the motor home. We need to raise another $20,000 to make this project a reality.
We are asking you to help us buy the M.O.S.T. vehicle
We need $20,000!
The past few years, your donations at the the Walla Walla Wine Walk Weekend events have contributed to the purchases such as this! In the past, we have purchased with your donations a mobile shower and funded ongoing operations. Sadly, with the COVID-19 pandemic, those events are not possible this year. We are now asking you to help fund the M.O.S.T. vehicle through a donation. Your valuable contributions will allow us to bring this innovative approach to the Walla Walla Valley in order to assist those who are homeless find the resources they need to transition to stable housing and self-reliance.
If you know someone who has a 26 to 30-foot motor home for sale, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for your help to making this project a reality!!!