How is DST different from other programs?

DST is different from other work experience programs in that participants are engaged 20 hours per week to help clean and beautify our city. In contrast to counseling or case management services that might provide 1-2 hours of interaction each week, the DST model works to establish a deep connection with participants, which allows for understanding of their unique stories and specific needs in ways that make meaningful support possible.

The program focuses on reacclimating individuals who have not been engaged in the workforce in a long time, refamiliarizing them with being accountable to a set schedule, showing up on time, and learning valuable soft skills that translate into rich employable skills, including collaboration, team work, and leadership. This lays a foundation which participants can then build upon on their journey toward long-term employment and housing.

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