In the early hours of the morning, at 4:00 a.m. Milestone Transitional Living staff met up at the “Point in Time” headquarters downtown Salt Lake. The goal of the Point in Time Count is to take a count of individuals so we as providers can help better meet their needs and to encourage those on the street to use the services that are available.
Our assigned territory was Library Square and immediate surroundings. We met a gentleman who has been living on the streets for the past 20 years. He was very open and willing to talk with us but didn’t want to go to a shelter. He felt very strongly that he needed to do what he needed to do but was open to answering all the questions we asked him.
Milestone staff went out downtown for the next 2 mornings to try to talk to people. The car trunk was full of things to give out to the individuals that we encountered such as blankets, hats, socks, granola bars and water. Everyone was very appreciative and the Milestone team was very humbled to be a part of this experience. It is easy to complain about many things in life but when you get outside in the cold winter at 4:00a.m. and meet people who live and sleep outside, you realize that there are many worse things that one can endure. Taking part in the count raised empathy, understanding and connection for the young adults that we’re seeing.
If you would like more information about the Point in Time Count or the Youth Services Milestone Transitional Living Program please contact 385-468-4500.