An Update from Kim on Nebraska!

written by Marisa Seitz
August 24, 2010
Today’s post is a follow up from Kimberly Walker, a Capacity Building Associate here at the Alliance. Hello all! Well, I’m happy to report that things in Lincoln went very well! Our first day there, Iain and I spent the morning meeting the members of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition (all wonderful, engaged people!) and listening to a presentation about their homeless system. We had a diverse group that included providers, a representative from the state, a liaison from the public school system, and the administrator of the HPRP grant. Iain and I spent that first afternoon presenting our findings to the group. A lot of our recommendations centered on how the Coalition could shift their system toward an approach focused on rapid re-housing. Our second day was all about facilitation. We split our group into two and, after a brief recap of what we had discussed the day before, put them to work on deciding on and prioritizing goals for their system based on the gaps we had identified the day before. From their original list of thirty, Coalition members selected the five that were most important to them. After the goals had been selected, each group engaged in an exercise in which they connected each goal to potential strategies, resources, timelines, and evaluation methods. Our next visit, in a little less than three weeks, will focus on fine-tuning the beginnings of the plan the group developed. Next time around, I hope to be able to report on the quality of the local cuisine as well…this time I only made it to Outback steakhouse wink.