MCH has nearly 3,000 fans on Facebook (HomelessCoalition) and has recently started tweeting. We'd like to better link our social media presence with our website: Youtube videos, Facebook feeds, RSS feeds, new reports, compelling data, and personal stories.
Approximately half the homeless in Minnesota are children but most people still think of homelessness as an urban, adult male, chronic alcoholic. MCH could do a better job of educating the public by sharing the true face of homelessness, along with compelling statistics and stories, on our website.
MCH is the voice at the Capitol for homeless service providers and people experiencing homelessness. We could keep our members better informed by having a bill tracker prominently displayed on the website during session.
Connecting Member Programs
MCH is a membership organization with 150 members across the State. We would like to highlight one of our members each week and then archive the stories as a way of sharing the creative work of service providers, incredible need, and geographic diversity of homelessness.
MCH's Board Members come from across the state with a range of backgrounds, for example some are service providers, others have experienced homelessness themselves. A portal to share board documents, with a required log-in would keep us better organized and effective. Board members who have internet access only at a public library, for example, could quickly find the materials they need for making important organizational decisions.
A calender would help us share our events and the events of our member programs so that Minnesotans who want to pitch in to help have the opportunity to do so. We'd like each of our member organizations to be able to add their own events.
Sharing personal stories is the best way we know to educate the public, media, and lawmakers about homelessness. We'd like a section where people who are at-risk of homelessness or are on the streets can share their stories with us privately and we could highlight a story each week. In a similar way, we'd like to highlight the good work of business, faith, and civic leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership in addressing homelessness.
Join Our List
Currently the sign-up function of our website is not connected with our email list, so we often lose names of people interested in joining the work.
Archived Trainings Materials / Webinars
MCH puts on a statewide annual conference for several hundred service providers each year. We'd like to archive the best material to be an ongoing resource for new staff in our member programs. Additionally, we are moving towards using webinars for traning throughout the year and would like to archive webinars by topic while they remain relevant.