Palo Alto community mentors help homeless work toward jobs and housing (VIDEO)

The Palo Alto Downtown Streets Team pairs homeless and formerly homeless community members like Daniel Daye with volunteer mentors like Jeanne Murphy. Mentors help mentees work toward stable housing and employment. (Photo: Sarah Scheenstra)

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Palo Alto’s Downtown Streets Team helps homeless members of the community find work and begin rebuilding their lives. Eileen Richardson, executive director of the Downtown Streets Team, began a mentoring program a year and a half ago to match members of the community with promising members of the Downtown Streets Team ready to work toward regular employment and housing.

Mentees and mentors get together for monthly gatherings, social events and one-on-one meetings. Although the program has had difficulty finding community members willing to serve as mentors, the relationships that have emerged have made positive impacts on the lives of both the mentees and the mentors.

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