Twin Cities Community Voice Mail: facilitating communications services to encourage self-determination and stronger community connections for people in need.
We lead in finding innovative ways to use communications technologies to provide opportunities for people in need to forge new connections to the community and to one another. These connections enhance dignity and independence and contribute to success.
The foundation of our work is the unique model of active involvement of our participants and our community partners. They are encouraged to have a voice in the continued operation of the organization.
Geographic areas served: State of Minnesota
Programs: 1) Twin Cities Community Voice Mail free, individualized voice mail services to low income and homeless people so that they are able to put their own telephone number on resumes as they see jobs, apartment and housing application, and leave it with health care professionals, their children's schools, family and friends. This is done in partnership with over 350 non-profit and government agencies across the state of Minnesota. Over 53,000 people have used this service since we began in 1994; 2) Linkages is a no-cost transitional program to assist those who achieved their goals while using TCCVM, but who still need short-term help until they can afford phone service. Over 1000 people have used this service since it began in 2001. 3) Through our voice mail system, we are able to offer people who are homeless in the Twin Cities Metro area the ability to access information on available emergency shelters and transitional housing through our toll-free Metro Shelter Hotline.About 10,000 calls are made to this hotline ech year.
I am a volunteer with "Voices for Change", a grass roots advocacy to address issues of homelessness.
Twin-Cities-Community-Voice-Mail (TCCVM) has undeniably filled a very important need to help the homeless/ those in transition/ and low income persons keep in touch with needed services, such as MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. Staying in touch with work opportunities, family, social workers is a big challenge for the homelessness who are struggling with pennies to even make phone calls.
Besides providing voicemail, TCCVM has been instrumental in partnering with agencies that address needs for of the homeless. They are continuously looking for ways to bring the homeless and agencies together.
TCCVM has been the voice of partnership. TCCVM is very innovative and a motiviating force for other agencies (state, county, and non-profit). It is not a surprise that agencies seek input from TCCVM.
I have been a user of "Voicemail". I am happy to work with any of TCCVM's outreach programs.