Better Way Anaheim
Better Way Anaheim (BWA)
Mission: Providing a “Pathway to Work for Anaheim’s Homeless Neighbors.”
Vision: Develop a robust program that teaches life skills, job skills, creates stability to gain momentum, provides connection to services and ultimately links participants to a steady job.
Better Way Anaheim, an innovative program offering voluntary community service projects for those who are homeless will provide basic work experience as well as access to additional services to help end homelessness.
Love Anaheim is working with Long Beach-based City Net, Anaheim's partner on homeless outreach, and others that are part of the Anaheim Homeless Collaborative, a collection of more than 100 groups working collectively to address homelessness. The groups help identify potential candidates who would benefit from community service as a way of developing basic work experience.
Love Anaheim conduct weekly community service outings of up to five hours each up to two days a week.
Participants work to clean up parks, paint trash cans or fire hydrants and work on other community projects. Those taking part in Better Way Anaheim work as volunteers and are provided food and gift cards with a value of $60 for each day of service. They have access to services provided by the Anaheim Homeless Collaborative with referrals to housing, healthcare, social services benefits, employment and other services designed to end homelessness. Participants come from the streets and from locations including the Bridges at Kraemer Place shelter in Anaheim.
The City of Anaheim gifted to Love Anaheim a surplus Dodge Caravan, formerly used by Anaheim Public Utilities, with an estimated value of $1,300 to $1,500. The van, now wrapped in the Better Way Anaheim and Love Anaheim logos, is be used by a driver and helper to take up to five participants on community service outings. Please see ANAHEIM HOMELESS for more info on what the City of Anaheim is doing to adress homelessness.