Donations to support the Downtown Streets Team program can be made by sending a check to the address below with “Petaluma Team” in the memo field or by contacting Karen Strolia, Senior Director of the North Bay by email at [email protected].
FAQ Topic: Petaluma DST
If you are interested in learning more about DST, we encourage you to attend one of our Weekly Success Meetings every Thursday at 1pm on the lawn of Petaluma City Hall. If you have questions about the program, please email [email protected] or email: Tatiana Mora Liautaud, Project Manager, DST Petaluma – [email protected] Karen Strolia, Senior … Continued
As with many things in life, working to end homelessness takes a village. The City of Petaluma and DST are eternally grateful to the amazing partners in our community who make our work possible and supplement services for this population that is so often overlooked. We are proud to work with: COTS Petaluma People Services … Continued
“Homelessness” is a complex problem – and severe mental illness, addiction and/or major life events are not the most common cause. Often, economic hardship or family issues (such as divorce or running away from an unsafe home) are factors on one’s path to losing housing. What’s more, the experience of homelessness itself can be traumatic. … Continued
You will see our DST Team’s brightly colored shirts around town weekdays from 8am-12pm as they both clean and beautify our City, with Team Leads providing their singular approach to homeless outreach and services. Many participants begin as residents of well-known encampments around town (Steamer Landing, Cedar Grove, Lynch Creek Trail), spend their mornings volunteering … Continued
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 … Continued
Downtown Streets Team (DST) is an organization that works in partnership with the City of Petaluma to provide tailored, individualized support for people striving to overcome the challenges that contribute to experiencing homelessness. DST offers a step-by-step approach, understanding that lasting change takes time. Program participants volunteer their time beautifying our community and receive access … Continued