Volunteer Case Management
Person-Centered Case Management
We believe in helping individuals achieve their goals, whether through building resumes, finding employment, applying for government benefits, or finding housing properties and resources. Our VCMs and clients develop action plans that are specific, time-oriented, measurable, realistic, and achievable.
We believe that every human being is deserving of respect, compassion, and hope. We work with clients with unconditional positive regard. Every individual, regardless of circumstance or capability, deserves emotional support, affirmation, and motivation to reach the next stage of their lives.
VCM Relief Funds
Qualifying homeless individuals and families in our case management program are eligible for emergency funding for rental assistance, bus vouchers, and basic needs. The goal of our fund is not a hand-out, but rather to relieve the stress of day-to-day survival, allowing our clients to focus on getting their lives back on track.
Homeless Service Navigation
Our volunteers are trained to navigate local homeless resources and communicate the location, eligibility, and benefits of the resource to individuals facing homelessness. As an example, if someone needs access to a shower, our volunteers are trained to direct individuals to available community resources that have shower services.
Access to Basic Needs
Our volunteers utilize donations both from generous individuals and community businesses to provide homeless individuals with access to hygienic products (toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine products, razors, etc.), clothing, food, and water.
Relationship -Based Outreach
Recruit and Train Volunteers
Volunteers are selected for their passion for positive social change and dedication to our mission’s statement of solving homelessness at its roots. Selection is determined through an interview where college students are asked for their views about community homelessness as well as their opinions of governmental policies that act as barriers for homeless individuals.
Educate the Public
At the chapter level, our student volunteers present to their peers the current state of homelessness in their respective communities, as well as discuss the the work Mustard Seed Project is doing to help combat it. In addition, we invite our past homeless clients as guest speakers to shed light on the misconceptions of homelessness.
Innovate Volunteer Services
We encourage our volunteer coordinators to continue to innovate ways to improve street outreach experience, both for our volunteers and the people they meet on their trips. This can include reaching out to local groceries to ask for in-kind donations, or promoting meaningful reflection at the end of each outreach trip.