TRN Share Program

Project SHARE Offers Assistance To The Homeless

The face of homelessness is changing as we see many women, children, and yes, entire families without permanent housing. As the foreclosure crisis continues to escalate, the number of homeless families will also rise.

In response to increasing homelessness, the staff of MCDC's Total Recovery Network staff have initiated Project SHARE; an initiative that provides forms of temporary relief in the communities we serve.

Taking It To The Streets

On an ongoing basis Project SHARE volunteers conduct clothing, food, and toiletry drives to collect items to be distributed twice each month to persons living on the streets of Columbia. Recent blanket and coffee drives helped to ensure that those living on the street had a way to keep warm during the winter months. During the distributions, recipients are also provided information on the many services available through MCDC and similar agencies.

We are thankful for the many business partners who have assisted in this effort by making cash or in-kind donations.

If you would like to either donate items for or volunteer to be on hand during one of the bi-weekly distributions (which are typically done on Saturdays) please contact Terrasel Jones at 803.695.6900.

Housing Referrals and Placement

TRN staff have also developed relationships with local housing agencies and can make referrals for housing to eligible persons or families. Most of the housing placements are term limited but during the placement term, TRN staff continue to work with the person referred to develop long term housing solutions. Most persons referred by TRN have also enrolled in one of the other recovery support services offered and have demonstrated a willingness to work hard to achieve and maintain stable housing. Applications are not accepted for this service given the limited housing resources available at present.

TRN is working toward establishing Transitional Housing services as an expansion of current programs and supports. Current efforts include securing financing for the acquisition of houses, seeking funding for operations, and identifying the population for which these services are most needed. Several models for transition housing have been studied including local housing providers. Additional developments on this service will be updated to the website as the plans progress.

Darren Martin and Terrasel Jones serve as the primary contacts for our transitional housing planning and can be reached at 803.695.6900.