CLEAN STREETS CLEAN STARTS is designed to accomplish two main objectives:
The CSCS Homeless to Work Program is a six-week “cycle” of maintenance and beautification work on approximately a one-mile stretch of a neighborhood's commercial district (i.e., Reseda Blvd., Sherman Way, Devonshire Street, and Ventura Blvd.) that the community feels needs some spit and polish. We recommend any designated Great Street from the Mayor's Great Streets Program.
Participants are all volunteers, not employees. Ten to fifteen homeless volunteers in a “cycle” must commit to sobriety while working two days a week, three hours a day under the guidance and direction of a CSCS team leader.
Each participant receives a daily stipend, two bus tokens to get them to and from work, plus, one $25.00 gift card of their choice for Von's, 99¢ Store, or gasoline.
The daily stipends and breakfasts total approximately $34.00 per day. A six- week “cycle” at two days per week with an average of ten participants costs about $5,000. Additional funding may be required for Art and/or gardening projects.
The Work Period lines up something like this:
LIST OF JOBS
The list of jobs escalates in difficulty as time goes by, and is designed to build teamwork and develop individual skills and self-esteem.
Outreach is very demanding. We design the Program to meet the needs of the community we are in.
We are often asked, “Where do you find the homeless volunteers?"
We go out and find them. This entails locating and visiting encampments. We walk up to them and offer a hand-up. We ask if they are ready for a change and patiently explain the Program.
Laura will visit the different camps many times to offer food and assistance. She tries to gain their trust and invites them into a “cycle” coming up in their area. This is a critical component of CSCS.
The Navigation takes effect at the end of the work periods and continues after the “cycle” is finished. We follow the progress of those who enter CSCS as long as possible. We ask that they do not give up on themselves.... so we do not give up on them!