This article was originally published in the Fall 2014 edition of the MID News Quarterly Newsletter by the Downtown Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement District.
The MID Outreach Team works closely with those in need, providing much-needed services this Holiday Season.
The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) fulfills a need on the streets of Downtown: a more personal approach to outreach and connecting the homeless population with services, housing, employment and other basic needs.
Since the creation of the MID Outreach Team, they’ve connected more than 250 people to services, helping people get a handle on their lives while building relationships with people in need.
A great example of the MID Outreach Team’s success is the story of Outreach Ambassador Trevor Mackin, who saw a homeless woman in Downtown having trouble getting around with her wheelchair. Mackin helped set her up with housing and was able to find a company to provide a motorized chair for the woman at one-third of the retail cost — a small price to pay to drastically improve someone’s quality of life.
This holiday season the MID Outreach Team is again going above and beyond their duties by partnering with Univera, a health product organization. The partnership will provide those in need on the streets of Downtown with healthy snacks.
Univera’s Serve First program, a public charity dedicated to addressing the nutritional needs of at-risk people worldwide, partnered with the MID’s Outreach Team because they wanted to work with a non-profit that works closely with the homeless population in Seattle.
Serve First will be donating pallets full of protein bars and other snacks for the Outreach Team to hand out to those who need it.
How You Can Help
MID Outreach Ambassadors are on patrol from 7:30am to 9:30pm Monday – Friday, and 8:30am – 7pm on the weekends.
Anyone who observes a person experiencing non-life-threatening mental health challenges in Downtown Seattle can reach the Downtown Community Mental Health Director by calling the MID dispatch line at 206-441-3303 from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday and from 8:30am to 6pm on weekends.