April newsletter: "Rise Up" and Join us for our 5th Year of Service!
Join the fight against chronic homelessness!
Race & Homelessness Workshop Recap!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Race and Homelessness workshop! This workshop led by MSP's Director of Chapter Operations, Cecily Ma, covered many historical and present discriminatory policies around housing, land use, property rights, criminal justice, and health care. These complexities have made home ownership and wealth accumulation inaccessible for many people of color. Watch the workshop recording below on our YouTube channel to learn more about the complex intersectionalities and injustices that exist in regard to race and homelessness.
This was truly a night to remember, energizing many of us to continue our mission combating homelessness.
** All of these issues are incredibly complex and this is just the tip of the ice berg! This content in no way, shape, or form covers all of the important aspects regarding this topic. **
MSP Graduation Cords!
Congratulations to the classes of 2020 & 2021! With commencement ceremonies just around the corner, the MSP Cord Order Form
and payments are due by Friday April 30th, 2021 by 5pm!
Each cord is hand made with care, including a green leafed vine with yellow flowers around a white cord. Click the button below for more details to purchase!
April 2021: Volunteer Service Navigator Spotlight
This project is filled with exceedingly dedicated members who are ready to serve and advocate for our neighbors at-risk-of or experiencing homelessness. Our team has done an amazing job mobilizing and making our communities stronger.
This month, we have used the Community Relief Fund to pay for:
Motel vouchers for 2 individuals living in transitional housing and rental assistance for an elderly individual.
A backpack for an individual to safe guard his belongings and furnishing for another individual's new apartment.
Bus passes for 2 individuals to attend to their appointment
Below are of the wonderful efforts some of our VSN's have accomplished this month:
One of our members from the UC Riverside chapter, Kaitlyn Ngo, raised $1,500 in donations from Starbucks Inc. to support the Mustard Seed Project's Community relief fund. Below, Kaitlyn shares her experience volunteering with MSP this past year.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed continuing outreach virtually since joining the volunteer service navigation team! It has been a gratifying experience helping file taxes to get stimulus checks and also submitting online applications for other benefits as COVID has made it difficult for everyone, especially individuals who are experiencing homelessness, to access resources both in-person and over the phone.”
Our wonderful members never cease to impress us with their passion and dedication to this project to help those in need.
University of Oregon Chapter Officially in Operations!
We are so proud to share some incredible news about the growth of our mission! Our newest chapter at the University of Oregon (UO) is officially in operations. With a successful remote recruitment, we're so excited to say that their chapter has been joined by 6 incredible CA1s! We are so proud and excited for the UO chapter. If you are interested in watching their info nights, please see the links below! To keep up with the UO chapter, follow them on social media!
Thank you to our Supporters!
Above illustrates how impactful everyone's gracious donations to our Community Relief Fund have been! We cannot do what we do without the support of you all, so thank you for your donation and believing in our mission!
Mustard Seed Project