Miami Shelters Beyond Basic Needs, Vocational Training for the Homeless


For Chris Benham, 27, working for a food distributor in Miami is not just a job but a life changer. Just a few months ago, he was homeless and lived by his car.

“One of the hardest things any homeless person has to go through is the constant disrespect they receive from people walking on the street or driving. Yeah, it sucks being on the street,” Benham told CBS News.

So he turned to Chapman Partnership, a Miami shelter that does more than provide a warm meal and a place to stay.

“I thought it would be like every other shelter I’ve been to, where they really don’t care about people, but it’s not,” he said.

Chapman Partnership executive director Symeria Hudson told CBS News that providing warm meals, shelter and clothing was not enough.

“We believe that once we address your basic needs, we need to give you more,” says Hudson.

Like Benham, everyone who passed through the shelter was assigned a case manager to track their progress through classes for high-skill jobs.

Hudson says that 20% of the homeless there are not unemployed, but they cannot afford to make a living, and more than 40% are families with children who also attend classes that include courses. about the bank.

“Our goal is to make sure they don’t come back as adults,” says Hudson.

This support requires investment from the community. Chapman Partnership’s 800 hospital beds and programs are largely funded by the county food and beverage tax. Hudson also raises funds, holds a Harvard Business degree, and her experience in the corporate world is for a reason that’s also personal — her uncle, Billy Ray Bland, has lost his home.

Hudson said: “When he walked in from the street, it was too late.

But it is not too late for people like Benham, who feel satisfied with his future.

“The future, the hope is to stay with this company and really grow in it,” he said.

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