Hello from Baltimore!
Our extraordinary partner, St. Ambrose Housing Aid, completed their first host home training on Saturday, December 16! “We successfully trained our first four hosts,” said Host Home Coordinator Renee Stainrod. “The eight-hour training took place at YES drop-in center, where hosts learned about personal biases, cultural competancy, and LGBTQ 101.”
The weather was blustery and cold on the day of the training, which one host said reminded him of the importance of sharing his home with someone who may not have a warm or safe place to sleep.
Renee assembled a dynamic team of presenters and four youth leaders from YES, who spoke to the value of a host home program in Baltimore. One youth leader described how, when homeless, you “don’t have a chance to be comfortable—you always have to look out.” Another said a big benefit of host homes is “just having a place to call yours, a safe haven.”
Upcoming host trainings are Saturday, January 13 and Saturday, February 17. Please consider getting involved and/or spreading the word—it will take many of us working in community to assure that youth experiencing homelessness have a safe, warm place to rest their heads!
Sign up to learn more! And thank you to the youth, hosts, and community partners who made December’s training a success!
Host Home Training Agenda:
- 9am – 9:15am - Breakfast/Icebreakers
- 9:15pm-9:45pm- Homeless Youth: Finding Home—The Infamous T
- 9:45am-10:15am- Discussion and unpacking film
- 10:15am-12:00am- Positive Youth Development
- Trauma and Resiliency
- 12:45pm-2:00pm –White Privilege/Cultural Competency
- 2pm - 3:30pm – LGBTQ 101
- 3:30pm – 4:30pm - Panel of Youth