Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Point in Time Volunteer Responses

We asked the Homeward Bound Point in Time volunteers a few questions about their experience volunteering for the survey and here were a few of the responses:

  1. What prompted you to volunteer for the Point in Time survey?
·        Saw notice in DoveTales and decided that was something I could do. – Bruce Williams
·        It just seemed like the right thing to do. – Richard Sublett
·        The importance of counting, as well as possible, the number of homeless people in Decatur is very clear to me and that's why I volunteered. – Sue Hemp
·        I volunteered at the Public Aide office in the morning I felt like being a part of this was doing something bigger for the community. – Bea Hartsock 
  1. Please tell us a little about your experience with the survey.
    • I was at the Library. There were a large number of people at one time when the library opened, so many were not interviewed. It is likely that some homeless were not counted. – Bruce Williams
    • I was at the law enforcement center from 10pm to 1am along with two other people.  We had only one person who was surveyed. – Richard Sublett
    • My experience was positive. The system used this year worked well; allowing us to quickly weed out non-homeless people at the start with one simple question and meaning there was less wasted time and paper. – Sue Hemp
    • I thought it was going to be hard to get the people to want to answer such personal questions but they were very open to the whole process. – Bea Hartsock
  2. Did you have any preconceived ideas about the homeless before conducting the survey and did your ideas change after you volunteered your time?
    • I am not sure if my ideas changed, but I realized that I didn't know much about homelessness. – Bruce Williams
    • No preconceived ideas, I was very happy to NOT see any children. – Richard Sublett
    • Yes, even though I've had some experience working with homeless people. Everybody's different - one guy was even upbeat about his situation. But then he was finding a way to access services he needed. – Sue Hemp
    • I did not have any preconceived ideas about the homeless. – Bea Hartsock
  3. Would you volunteer again next year for the Point in Time survey and why?
    • Yes, I think it is worthwhile. – Bruce Williams
    • I would be willing to do it again next year, I'm glad our community is active in doing something about the homeless people. – Richard Sublett
    • Yes - see answer to No. 1 above! – Sue Hemp
    • I would volunteer over and over again every year this is a good thing. – Bea Hartsock

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