TheDallas Morning Newspublished the following report that includes information about the work of the CitySquare Homeless Outreach Team. Tough work. Important results. Street savvy workers. I'm very proud of them.
Dallas' hard-to-reach homeless often victims, advocates say
May 8, 2012
They live in fields and under highways. They may show up at a shelter or soup
kitchen for a hot meal.
But offer them a way off the streets, and many of these men and women prefer
the independence of homelessness.
These people, experts say, are the hardest to reach and need the most help.
Almost all of them suffer from severe medical or mental problems, or both.
They’re often addicted to drugs and alcohol. . . .
Hard to reach
On most days, homeless outreach teams search the streets of Dallas for
Last week, volunteers from CitySquare, a poverty-fighting agency, looked for
Henderson, 52, a homeless man who needs his seizure medicine.
They also wanted to catch up with Teddy Dean Wise at The Bridge.
CitySquare caseworkers brought him there several months ago, along with his
wife, Olga Ausburne. The couple had been living in a field near Interstate 30
and Winslow Avenue, near Samuell Grand Park. Wise and Ausburne both have drug
and alcohol problems. But they represent two sides in the spectrum of acceptance