Outreach Team Member of the Year: Eric Dodd
Eric Dodd believes the road to positive change begins with a relationship. Building trust with someone experiencing homelessness is the first step to connecting them with shelter, services and permanent housing.
With a genuine smile and an outreach kit with simple items like fresh socks and water, he can start clients on the path to a safer, more stable and healthier life. Eric’s work earns high praise from his clients, managers and colleagues. Among other things, they note his commitment to DSA’s values, including perseverance.
In one case, he worked for more than a year to guide a client from a shelter into affordable, permanent supportive housing. He also connected them with medical and mental health care services. Eric persisted as his client struggled with multiple anxiety-producing setbacks which kept them out of housing that year. His skillful work helped them through depression and eventually into a new apartment. Thank you, Eric, and congratulations.
In 2016, the Downtown Seattle Association, United Way of King County, the City of Seattle and the Millionair Club Charity launched Jobs Connect to match homeless individuals in downtown Seattle with jobs. The Metropolitan Improvement District, managed by DSA, is an anchor employer for Jobs Connect, offering work as a downtown cleaning ambassador. For homeless individuals, consistent work can rebuild self-esteem, self-confidence and hope. Since its inception, the MID has guided more than 125 people through its employment partnership with Jobs Connect.
Mental Health First-Aid Classes
Mental Health First-Aid courses provide an individual with the tools and training they need to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance-use-related crisis. With certified and experienced instructors, MID-funded ambassadors offer courses on how to recognize risk factors and warning signs of mental health and addiction concerns, as well as strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. These low-cost classes are open to the public and also include information about where to turn for help if you’re witnessing a mental health or drug crisis.Learn More