Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jan 20, 2022
Our speaker today was Jocelyn Curran who is Director of the Santa Cruz & Monterey Downtown Streets Team (DST).  The Mission of the DST is to build teams that restore dignity, inspire hop and provide a pathway to recover from homelessness.  The teams are composed of unhoused neighbors and those at risk of becoming homeless.  Members receive access to case management, sys navigation and employment placement services from trained DST Case Managers and Employment Specialists.  Team members engaging in community beautification and clean-up projects challenge common negative perceptions of homelessness.  There are more than 15 "chapters" of DST throughout the Bay Area, Monterey Bay Area and Sacramento.  This group in Santa Cruz was established in 2017.