Modesto and Stanislaus County officials are looking at bringing Downtown Streets Team to the Modesto area. Turlock officials have expressed interest in having the program in their community, too.
A nonprofit that provides volunteer work and services for the homeless might come to Modesto. The Downtown Streets Team program started in Palo Alto in 2005 and has since spread to nearly a dozen Northern California communities.
The homeless people in the program can volunteer as many as 20 hours a week cleaning up parks, downtowns and other public spaces. DST provides the homeless with case management to connect them with services and an employment specialist who helps them find work.
The nonprofit does not provide the homeless with money. Instead, they receive what Downtown Streets Team Chief Program Officer Chris Richardson calls basic-needs stipends, including grocery store gift cards, or the nonprofit could buy a homeless person a cell phone or bus passes or pay for other essentials.
“It’s been a very successful program. A lot of people have transitioned out of homelessness,” said Rich Goldstein, who owns The Copy Shop and Printing Co. in downtown San Rafael. Read the complete story at the Modesto Bee.
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