The Maslow Project Blog

Our latest news, stories & updates.

14 Mar

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 13, 2020

We know the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very much on the minds of the clients we serve and members of our community. Our priority is, and will always be, to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and families we assist, our staff, and community members as a whole.

As our community moves toward extreme caution, our Leadership team, in communication with our Board of Directors and public officials, have developed a plan focused on the public goal of slowing the rate of the disease while also continuing to serve those in our community who need us the most.  We are always concerned about our clients, and that is why we have worked to develop the best strategies to ensure services continue. We are committed to providing each client the same level of care, resources and/or supplies we normally would but in a different manner than is traditional.

While this is an unprecedented time for most, our organization is set up to be easily adaptable, resilient and solution oriented; much like our clients. We appreciate your continued support for Maslow Project in our goal of providing services and supplies for those critical, urgent needs when there is no other resource available.

In health,

Mary Ferrell
Executive Director

 

Donations:

We will not be accepting clothing donations during this period

We WILL be accepting the following:

  • Food, snacks, water
  • Cleaning supplies, toilet paper
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Used/recycled smart phones/devices (wiped clean of data)
  • Freeze dried food

The following service updates are in effect as of March 16, 2020 

  • Medford Drop-in center lobby will be closed to volunteer, on-site community partners, and client gatherings; the site WILL still be serving clients
  • Food boxes, sack lunches, supplies, and other basic needs will be coordinated by staff and delivered to clients in a “orders to-go” fashion at our Resource Center front door
  • Clients can call and request their needs and/or arrive at the center and buzz in their needs accordingly (541) 608-6868
  • Students & families out of school will be supported in coordination with local school officials for meal sites & resources
  • Street outreach will increase to get supplies to isolated populations and out in the community where most needed
  • Staff will remain working to attend to our client and community’s needs at our Resource Center in Medford, UCAN, and NewBridge
  • All Case Management and Family Advocate services will continue via phone, text, video, or email; Maslow clients with limited access to a device will be offered support as supplies remain available
  • Port-a-Potty and hand washing stations will be available at 500 Monroe St. effective March 17 (Tuesday), 2020

10 Mar

Maslow Project visits Capitol Hill

Recently, Maslow Program Supervisor Fallon Stewart, and Case Manager Kirstin Cronin attended the National Summit on Youth Homelessness in Washington D.C. The summit focused exclusively on how government agencies, policymakers, young leaders, service providers and other experts can partner together to prevent and respond to youth homelessness!

Did you know? Maslow Project Upholds & Reinforces Federal Education Law!

  • Maslow School-Based staff provide advocacy in six local school districts (that’s serving nearly 2,000 students per year!) to ensure homeless students have access to their free public education!
  • Homeless students have special rights and services under the federal Mckinney-Vento act, and the Every Student Succeeds Act such as: 
    • proper identification, immediate enrollment, full participation in school, transportation, access to meals, support services, basic needs items, safety, and daily problem solving the unique challenges that homeless youth face. 
  • Furthermore, Maslow Project assists our local districts to actively recruit and retain Mckinney-Vento students in school to every extent possible, through evaluation and revision of their policies and procedures in order to remove barriers to education!

Highlights from the Summit:

Hill Day Visits with Oregon State Senators:

  • We met individually with Senator Jeff Merkley, and with the staffers from Senator Ron Wyden’s office to deepen their understanding of the trauma and risks that homeless youth in Oregon face. 
    • We asked our Senators to support upcoming legislation that will increase access to vital outreach services, shelter, education, and housing. 
    • WHY: The passing of these bills will further strengthen Maslow Project’s ability to identify, support and serve runaway and homeless youth and prevent trauma and human trafficking of this very vulnerable population.

If you’re interested learning more about the specific bills, or how to use your voice to advocate, visit the School House Connection Policy and Advocacy Updates

Maslow Project Shares our Program and Ideas at the Summit:

Community Collaborations: Education, Housing, and Supportive Services

  • Maslow Project highlighted several successful collaborations between service providers, government agencies, early childhood programs, public schools, higher education, local systems of care and many more.
  • We believe that when multiple agencies and individuals leave their silos and come together to work toward solutions to homelessness, amazing progress can happen. 
  • We featured Maslow Project’s unique client centered model:
    • triage to support clients and meet them where they are, 
    • nurture crucial community collaborations, 
    • align altruistic leadership for dynamic cross-sector partnerships, 
    • Provide wrap-around services to homeless youth and families for long-term positive outcomes

Maslow Project Staff Certification in Human Trafficking Prevention and Intervention

We know that many young people experiencing homelessness are at-risk of being or have already experienced some form of human trafficking. As tireless advocates and allies for these young people, we can make a difference by being able to identify survivors of human trafficking and connect them to appropriate services. The certification allowed us to fine tune our program to:

  • Screen youth clients for experiences of sex and/or labor trafficking
  • Assess the needs of your trafficked youth clients
  • Appropriately serve youth who have been trafficked
  • Understand the science of trauma and its impact on our clients
  • Help staff cope with secondary trauma

More Highlights from the Summit:

National Youth Advisory Council Panel: 

We were able to meet, network with, and learn from our incredible National Youth Advisory Council! Nearly 20 youth sat on a panel and allowed the audience to ask questions on how to best include youth voice and participation in our agencies work. We walked away with many ideas to bring back to the Maslow Project – we intend to invite a youth with us next year to share in this experience at the conference! 

School House Connection Scholarship Award Ceremony! Ten youth from around the country received $2000 toward their costs for higher education! Every year we help youth apply for this scholarship, and have hope that one day we will have a Maslow Youth walk across that stage!!!

Youth Voices: A Listening Session with High School Students.
This session facilitated a discussion with ten homeless high school students from across the country – to prove a safe space to discuss the challenges that they experienced in their K-12 career, as well as the people, programs, and internal attributes that have helped them persist and achieve success. It was tearful but also reinforced the tremendous need to continue our daily work with our local homeless youth!

In addition to all of the above, we attended several summit sessions that helped us increase our knowledge and expertise around practices, resources and strategies that are most relevant to our daily work in preventing and responding to youth and young adult homelessness.