This question is at the heart of our Street Outreach team’s work as they go out into the community every day – to parks, abandoned buildings, underpasses, and parking lots – to offer better alternatives to individuals sleeping outside. Earlier this year, we shared the story of Kevin, who had been living in the Old Forest of Overton Park for several years. Asking this question helped to unlock a path out of homelessness for Kevin.
Recently, the team have taken this question to individuals who were staying in encampments around the city. Street Outreach visited each site every day to create the conditions of trust that can lead to better outcomes, and we’re proud of the work they’ve done to help those individuals find a better path!
Dragonfly Collective’s Jarad Bingham spoke with Forbes to discuss the Hub‘s compassionate approach to help our neighbors living in encampments.
The journey out of homelessness can be long and complex. But as a community, we have what it takes to help our neighbors exit homelessness. We believe it begins with creating kindness. Your monthly gift means that we can welcome every guest to the Hub with warmth and kindness, and provide them with the resources they need to exit homelessness.
Did you know? This year is the Hub’s 16th birthday! In celebration of our Sweet 16, consider becoming a monthly donor of $16/month.
We’re on a mission to end homelessness. But to do this, we need our monthly giving community. Here’s what your gift helps to support every month:
Extend warmth and kindness to the 250+ individuals the Hub encounters every week
Provide shelter to 40-50 women and children at any given time
Support our guests on their journey out of homelessness
The Hub operates the City’s Emergency Cooling/Warming Center during extreme weather, providing a place of safety and kindness for the unhoused population to shelter from dangerous conditions. With the recent hot weather, we have been opening our doors to those in need of temporary respite from the heat, while also working to help guests find overnight shelter. Follow our Facebook or Instagram for updates on upcoming Cooling Center events.
One of our favorite spaces in the Hub Hotel is our volunteer-run hair salon – in this space, our guests feel seen, heard, and valued. Thank you to Pavo Salon for creating such a beautiful space at the Hub and to Monica for working her magic on our guests!
For more information on how you can volunteer your hair and nail talents, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Shout out to our friends at IKEA Memphis who recently donated furniture for five new Hub Studios and brought 19 team members to put it all together! The Hub Studios provide temporary non-congregate shelter for our clients. This allows us to work closely with them towards permanent housing. IKEA’s partnership has been instrumental in helping us to create these innovative spaces that are welcoming for our guests and we are so grateful. Thanks you for always answering the call!
The Hospitality Hub was founded in 2007 to be Memphis’ single point of entry into the Continuum of Care for individuals experiencing homelessness. The Hub partners with nearly 200 organizations in the fight against our community’s most extreme form of poverty. Our innovative programs and effective operations have established us as a leader. We have the capacity and the vision to work alongside civic leaders to get things done on behalf of those we serve.