Homelessness in Small and Rural Communities: Libraries Can Help!
A webinar hosted in collaboration with ARSL on how small or rural libraries can provide services to community members experiencing homelessness, especially with limited access to resources, like a social worker.
Homelessness means having no predictable and safe place to sleep. Libraries in rural and small communities are often a source of information and daytime shelter for individuals facing homelessness or housing insecurity. In an already busy library with limited resources, staff may be challenged to respond to the needs of these patrons and to cope with compassion fatigue. This webinar will provide practical insights on providing services to people who don’t have stable housing. Learn how to create an environment that feels welcoming, informative and supportive, including ideas for reducing policy barriers. Learn how to host conversations that explore public perceptions, help to debunk myths around homelessness, and strengthen community ties.
This webinar is hosted in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.
Presented by: Mallory Pillard, Director, Carnegie Public Library, Trinidad, CO; and Sara Zettervall, Founder, Whole Person Librarianship, and Community Engagement Librarian, Hennepin County Library, MN
For more information click here: https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/homelessness-in-small-and-rural.html