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SVdP helps conduct the Point-in-Time Count

Last month, despite the cold and rain, volunteers from SVdP reached out to unhoused neighbors across the valley

Every January, in the early hours of the morning, hundreds of volunteers across Maricopa county set out to outreach to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. It's called the Point-In-Time Homelessness Count, and is used to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness at a given point. 

Volunteers are divided into blocks, then walk around and talk to anyone who is unsheltered, filling out a brief survey, if possible, about their situation. The information is used to track the growth of homelessness and determine how much support local organizations. 

SVdP rarely passes up on a volunteer opportunity, and dozens of staff took up the call to help.

"We're just going to basically outreach, traditional outreach," said Gloria Halas, the Chris Becker Dining Room program supervisor. "Go out into the neighborhoods and the community and talk to people, and see where they're at, and get as much information as we can. It's what we do everyday, it's just outside today."