Hello listeners and welcome to the Gateway Giving Podcast. My guest today is Amanda Laumeyer, the Senior Director of Development at St. Patrick Center. I have never been homeless, and there has never been any point in my life where I have even had to consider the possibility that I might become homeless. It is unfathomable to me, and I imagine for most of you listening, that I wouldn’t have a warm bed to sleep in every night. Because of that, I’ve always had a soft spot for organizations that support people who are experiencing homelessness.
If you listen to the end, you’ll hear Amanda describe the clients St. Patrick center works with and the needs they typically have when the first come through the doors, the nature of their housing first policy, how you should handle panhandlers, and what your donation to St. Patrick center is buying. My biggest takeaway from this interview is that nearly half of the people St. Patrick Center works with to either find housing or prevent homelessness are kids. When you hear the word homelessness, you probably have an image that pops into your head of a single middle-aged man with a disheveled beard sleeping on a park bench, but when you hear that nearly half of all people experiencing homelessness are kids, you quickly realize that most homelessness is invisible, and it is all around us in ways that we don’t realize.
One final note, we had some technical difficulties during this recording, and, as a result, my audio on here is a little off, so I apologize for that, and I expect that will be rectified for future episodes. The good news is Amanda sounded great, so with that I hope you enjoy my interview with Amanda Laumeyer!
- St. Patrick Center
- 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Report
- Fiscal Year 2019 Form 990
- Person First Language
- Housing First
- Handout to keep in your car
- St. Patrick Center YouTube Channel
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