The Core membership is a growing, self-governed, organic entity reflecting the community that is currently being served. One needs to be flexible and open to changes. There are two classes of Core Members, active Core Members and Inactive Core Members. An active Core Member represents a single vote in organizational activities when a vote is needed and represents the organization under its Mission/ Purpose statement. They are made up of individuals that care about Homeless Issues. There is no age restriction. In order to qualify for Core Membership, a person shall demonstrate initiative and involvement in PSKS activities and a commitment of time and effort toward it’s goals and purposes. A Core Member shall be elected by a majority vote of the existing Core Membership.
Step Beyond is a peer-driven program geared towards formerly homeless individuals who have successfully transitioned off the streets. The purpose of Step Beyond is to build relationships with other peers in similar situations to provide support and lasting friendships. Step Beyond provides fun, sober activities and workshops to help participants better understand how to live life off the streets. Also provided are case management and resources for participants to create their own safe and healthy home environment.
Through LEAP, PSKS identifies youth who show an ability to meet expectations and hires them for a three-month paid internship. They gain a work ethic, learn responsibility, and develop work experience to be shown on a resume. Participants do peer street outreach, work in the HYPE day program and represent PSKS in the community.
Our Donut Dialogues provide a forum for peaceful interaction between police officers, local business owners, and homeless youth and young adults. This program, co-written with a police officer, is used throughout the city as a vehicle for communication between high risk youth and police and has been implemented city wide.
Step Up is an innovative response to create a safe place for homeless and formerly homeless women and those who identify as women to come together for a support group coupled with experiential outings. We use a multi-faceted approach where the women themselves are setting the goals they want to achieve, creating a sense of self worth and empowerment.