Here at Interfaith Community PADS, we provide warm meals and a safe place to stay each night for homeless guests in Michigan City and LaPorte County. This is important work and we are honored to do it.
But there is more to it than that, which is what we want to discuss today.
Most people are familiar with our work in providing meals and shelter–vital work that offers temporary solutions for homeless guests in need. What many people don’t understand is that we are also involved in helping our homeless guests find permanent solutions so they get the resources they need to rebuild their lives.
This is an organized process called coordinated access.
Since spring is the time of growth and renewal, we thought now would be a wonderful time to explain more about coordinated access in our community and ICPADS role in it. Answers come from an interview with our Director, Harrison Holtkamp. As you will come to understand after reading this article, coordinated access is the joint effort of many local agencies that give our homeless guests the chance to start again.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18-19)