100 Touches and an ID

100 Touches and an ID By Jaleesa McEachin, Case Manager Industry standard is that it takes 100 touches to develop a meaningful engagement with a person living on the street. This means 100 “hellos” or “good mornings” until outreach can lead to case management.    Every morning I come to work knowing I will make…

Danny’s Story

Danny’s Story Danny has been living outside for at least seven years. He is a fixture on the corner of Washington & Central, in Newark, in front of St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral with his walker. Sometimes he wakes up at University Hospital, having collapsed on the street. We see Danny at least twice a day, if…

Ending Homelessness

Ending Homelessness Two weeks ago I met a man who was living in an abandoned shipping container in a neighborhood he described as “not very safe”. He explained to me that, in addition to the sound of regular gunshots, it was also much colder in there than it was outside. Every night he has to…