Solving Homelessness Together

December Homeless Network meeting notes

Thursday, December 21, 2017 NETWORK Meeting Notes:


  • Street Beats are available today and are pink through the end of January.
  • Operation Hope: Free credit and money management workshops the last Thursday of the each month. Call 404-405-1570 for more information.
  • REACH adult education program  (GED vouchers available for successful graduates) Classes Tuesday and Thursday 9am –12pm and 1:30-4:30pm at Open Door Community House 706-323-5518
  • Sexual Assault Survivors Group for adult female survivors. Please call 706-221-1033 for days and times.
  • Mental Health Wellness led by Family Counseling of Columbus on January 23, at  11am at the Homeless Resource Network
  • The Dream Lives, Martin Luther King Jr Day event Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Valley Rescue Mission Christmas dinner Monday December 25 at 11am.  Meal delivery is available for shut in’s, elderly and disabled by calling to schedule delivery 706-322-8267 Ext 219.
  • Salvation Army Annual Christmas meal, Saturday December 23 at Noon – 2pm.
  • Free movie “The Nativity” and Lunch Friday, December 22 at 12:00 Noon until 1:45 at Open Door’s Auditorium
  • Valley Interfaith Promise 2018 VIP Bed Race Saturday, February 24 at 10am.
  • Greater Shady Grove Health Fair for the whole family on Saturday January 6 from 10am to 2pm at 3000 12th Avenue. For more information contact 706-322-7039.


United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley 2-1-1

PO Box 1157 Columbus GA 31902

Office 706-327-3255


Call 2-1-1

Or 706-405-4775

Or text your zip code to 898211


Candace Poole, 2-1-1 Manager, presented the work of 2-1-1 and addressed questions.  2-1-1 connects people to the resources they need to address everyday challenges of living and those that develop during time of community emergencies.  United Way 2-1-1 is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Seven counties in Georgia and Russell County Alabama are served by 2-1-1.  The third anniversary of 2-1-1 was this fall and 2017 had more calls than the previous two years combined.


Call agents are trained to listen to the bigger picture and offer assistance.  Utility assistance is the hardest to find and is the number one need each month.  2-1-1 gets crisis calls even though not a crisis line.  Call agents are trained to assess if the caller is safe, if not an agent can call 911 or do safe transfer to a crisis line.


People call to find out how to help and where to volunteer. Hurricane Irma was a disaster with advance notice and 2-1-1 was able to assist as 100 refugees became 700.  In cold weather any warming stations that open can let 211 know and the information will be dispersed.  


2-1-1 can help agencies by giving better referrals.  Agencies, please provide 2-1-1 all the information; administration hours, service hours, appointment required, documents needed, other languages spoken, etc. Candace Poole shared that she likes numbers and statistics and if you would like to see information regarding services you provide for grants or just general information please let her know. No service is too small to list in 2-1-1. 


Data from last year:

·         63% of the calls are for electric utility assistance

·         386 phone calls were requesting a place to stay (homeless)

o   Increase in number of families (and increase in number of families that are men with children)


Coordinated Entry / Centralized Entry will start in January. Candace shared the paper intake form (attached).  These forms can also be completed and faxed or emailed to start the Centralized Entry.


4:00 pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

Midtown Recovery New Horizons Behavioral Health

Elizabeth Dillard
Homeless Resource Network
2221 Second Avenue
PO BOX 811
Columbus GA 31902
Fax- 706.571-0707