Be an Advocate for a Homeless Person. Training session begins October 4.

The four-week training course will meet Fridays 2-5 pm. beginning October 4 at St. Canice Hall, Nevada City. For more information, call Janice at (530)263-2058

The Advocacy Training and Support program operates on the principle of meeting the homeless community where they are and how they are. It is an effective and unique outreach program designed by founder Janice O’Brien based on 10 years working with the homeless community of Nevada City environs.

Sierra Roots advocate Alice Litton assists a homeless participant at the weekly Sierra Roots community lunch at Pioneer Park.

Sierra Roots advocate Alice Litton assists a homeless participant at the weekly Sierra Roots community lunch at Pioneer Park.

The program trains and supports people to be advocates of chronically homeless individuals who indicate they are ready and willing to accept assistance. This may mean helping them get their legal commitments taken care of, finding a primary physician, getting a legal ID, renewing their license, and many other tasks on an as-needed basis.

Advocates enter into a training a program and are guided in their relationship with a homeless individual. Advocates also meet to share experiences and learn from each other.