Breaking the Cycle
Our community Outreach Programs tap into the amazing work already being done in our community. These initiatives are designed to fill gaps in services for people experiencing chronic homelessness, but are not willing or cannot be served by our current shelters. Whether someone is facing substance abuse, mental illness, or has a criminal record, these pilot programs are designed to provide peer support and resources in an effort to break the cycle of homelessness.
Keep Your Change to Be the Change Panhandling Program
In partnership with the City of Greenville, we’re proud to participate in the Keep Your Change to Be the Change Panhandling Program. Innovative programs like this have been adopted by cities across the country in an effort to re-route donations to organizations that can make a wider impact on their communities. Rather than giving spare change to local panhandlers, we encourage the community to donate directly to UHC to fund important resources and initiatives that support people experiencing homelessness.
Small steps make big progress. This unique program provides individual living quarters, 24-hour guest services and security, meals, connections to treatment and therapy, as well as job training. The goal is to prepare people for a transition into shared housing and set them up for success. Currently, the program is housing 8 guests who are making remarkable progress.
In June of 2021, the Greenville Homeless Taskforce was formed by UHC in an effort to bring together downtown merchants, homeless outreach service providers, city staff and citizens. The goals of these monthly meetings are to provide education on the issues surrounding homelessness, brainstorm solutions for issues merchants and citizens are facing as they interact with our homeless citizens, and share our successes as we work to house those experiencing homelessness. The Task Force meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month via Zoom. If you are interested in attending the Task Force meetings, contact Paulette Dunn, COO at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.