Mental health program receives grant

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Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless has granted People Incorporated with $9,993 to serve more individuals experiencing homelessness and staying on the streets. 

Funding from Open Your Heart will provide People Incorporated with street outreach supplies. People Incorporated is the largest non-profit organization in Minnesota specializing in community-based mental health services. People Incorporated Outreach engages individuals with the highest barriers, and helps them access the appropriate services that fit their individualized needs. In 2018, People Incorporated staff made 1,572 total contacts and provided full case management for 81 total clients. With street outreach supplies, People Incorporated can help individuals experiencing homelessness with basic needs in the short term and help street outreach workers build relationships to provide more long-term services. 

Open Your Heart looks for gaps in funding of services based on geographic or demographic considerations and reaches out to agencies serving those communities. They support programs in communities where many traditional funders do not reach – volunteer run domestic violence shelters, homeless programs in sparsely served remote corners of the state, inner city programs dedicated to serving the poorest among us, and hunger programs serving clientele with special needs. Their primary goal is to ensure that front line providers of crisis services have the tools, equipment, and infrastructure necessary to carry out their work. 

Grants are awarded on a bi-monthly basis and are considered only through the application process.