Dec. 13, 2022 10:10 pm
Creating a Prosocial Emergency Shelter Culture
Prosocial behavior is the intent to benefit others, such as helping, sharing, donating, co-operating, and volunteering. Since 2016, Bethesda Project’s Church Shelter Program (CSP) for chronically homeless men has committed to proactively including shelter guests in program management in order to encourage a prosocial culture. As peer leaders, guests help staff create the agendas for […]
Feb. 21, 2022 6:30 am
The “homeless hero” trope won’t save us
Surrounded by stories of economic success, it's a cheat to wait for a superhero, writes this homeless advocate.
Jan. 24, 2022 6:45 am
The problem with homelessness ‘innovation’
In the context of homeless services, innovation needs to move us closer to a fully realized human right to housing—not more tents, pods, or makeshift shelters.
Aug. 11, 2020 1:27 pm
How we use restorative justice in shelter
At Bethesda Project's Church Shelter Program, guests and staff speak with each other openly about what justice means, what it looks like in their shelter community, and then decide together how to achieve it.
Jul. 30, 2020 7:49 am
Restorative justice still matters
Bethesda Project's Church Shelter Program has been rethinking its approach to disciplinary action since before COVID-19. But the pandemic represents an important opportunity to revisit these changes and reflect on why they still matter.
Jul. 17, 2020 8:20 am
What homeless encampments can teach us about the state of nature
"When people live on the margins of society and government, they do not necessarily or inevitably descend into chaos, anarchy, or violence," says columnist Andrew Huff.
Jul. 8, 2020 9:17 am
Who’s afraid of bedbugs? In emergency shelter, that’d be everybody
Bethesda Project's Church Shelter Program uses a community-based surveillance model to prevent pest infestation. Columnist Andrew Huff tells us what that looks like.
Jun. 29, 2020 8:00 am
Let’s imagine what a fully realized human right to housing might look like
"Are we trying to eradicate homelessness without providing adequate, affordable housing? Are we innovating rather than investing?" asks columnist Andrew Huff.
Jun. 24, 2020 9:18 am
For people experiencing homelessness, watching television is a meaningful act
Paying attention to those TV choices can help social service workers forge connection, says Andrew Huff.
Jun. 17, 2020 6:47 am
If we’re brave, COVID-19 can teach us to grieve and grow simultaneously
The pandemic has been traumatic but post-traumatic growth can, among other things, lead us to a deeper sense of community, says columnist Andrew Huff.