30 years of homelessness ends for one man thanks to innovative partnership

SAN DIEGO— After 30 years of experiencing homelessness in Lake County, California, Michael Alan Patrick—a talented mechanic and writer—has located, reconnected with, and returned to his family in Tacoma,  Washington. This reunion was made possible because of an innovative partnership between Simtech Solutions, Inc.  and Miracle Messages, and a few extra questions asked by a volunteer during the annual “Point In Time” homeless  count.

Simtech’s Counting US app is the digital counting application used for the first time to enter data on the number of people experiencing homelessness in Lake County during this year’s PIT Count. 

Patrick was raised in the north end of Tacoma where he attended the neighborhood schools. After high school, he left home for Montana but eventually settled in Middletown. He called Middletown Park  his home for many years. He took pride in his home and befriended the housed and unhoused that used the park.  Patrick formed close ties with the park workers who bestowed on him the moniker “Mayor of Middletown Park,” which he treasures.

Although he faced many challenges during his time on the street, he never lost hope in himself or in humanity.  Patrick has a great amount of empathy for others and volunteered on a regular basis in Lake County to help others  experiencing homelessness. Throughout his hard journey, his mother, Celia, was always on his mind.

The 30 year reunion was initiated by Parth Singh, Team Leader for an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community  Corps team (AmeriCorps NCCC), during the annual homeless count in Lake County. The count is required of  communities by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to quantify the number of people  experiencing homelessness, and to better understand their characteristics. Simtech Solutions decided to add a couple  of extra questions to the Counting Us mobile app survey, with the hope that the count process could result in helping  people who are homeless get back into stable housing.

When Parth asked Patrick, “Do you have any friends or loved ones that you would like to be reunited with?” he replied  with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Michael provided what information he could remember of his mom. With Michael’s  consent, the information gathered within the Counting Us app was shared with a “Digital Detective” at Miracle  Messages.

Mark Askins, the Lead Detective for Miracle Messages and a licensed private investigator in Washington and California,  along with other core members of the Miracle Messages team, located and helped reunite Patrick with his mom as well as other family and friends. Askins said, “It takes a great deal of courage for someone experiencing homelessness to choose to try to reconnect with a loved one, opening themselves up to the possibility of the person declining to  reconnect. I am very proud of Michael.”

After 30 years, Patrick once again has a roof over his head and sleeps comfortably; as he put it, “I no longer have  a concrete pillow.” Patrick has immediate access to food, a bathroom, a place to wash his clothes, and other  necessities that he used to lack. Just as importantly, he is surrounded by people who love him and value his many  talents. When asked about the best part of returning home, he responded, “reconnecting with my family, my blood, being able to help my mom, and no longer experiencing the profound loneliness that I faced for decades while  being homeless.”

Through the collaboration between Miracle Messages and Simtech Solutions, there is renewed hope and another option for so many of those experiencing homelessness: Reconnecting with loved ones—be they family members or  friends. Family reunification is a cost-effective alternative to building and maintaining shelters and housing. The  opportunity to reopen lines of communication, via phone, text, email, or snail mail, is a start to addressing the  “relational poverty” afflicting so many of our unhoused neighbors. It is a path for stigmas surrounding our unhoused  neighbors to be shattered and relationships built between unhoused and housed individuals in a community. This  partnership also offers the chance to invoke a paradigm shift in communities where individuals experiencing  homelessness are not viewed and treated as nameless and faceless problems to be solved, but as uniquely talented  individuals to be valued and loved.

Since returning to Tacoma, Patrick has also reconnected with his daughter Katie and met his grandchildren for the  first time. He has also spoken with his daughter Melissa who is disabled and lives with her mother in New York. Patrick shared that his mom, Celia, is his rock, and reconnecting with her has meant everything to him. She frequently reminds  him of his many skills and talents, encourages him to pursue his passions, and reassures him that, “We are in this  together.”

Since Patrick has moved home, a friendship has blossomed between Patrick and Mark. They speak on the phone a  couple of times a week and see each other on a regular basis. Patric, shared that he feels comfortable talking to  Mark about anything. Mark said that he values the time and his friendship with Patrick and has embraced being a  part of his journey home and his future. Miracle Messages has assisted Patrick to secure public benefits and  healthcare and has helped him get his Washington State ID card, social security card, and other documents.

Patrick intends to use his vast mechanical skills to secure employment fixing cars and other equipment in Tacoma. He  wants to assist those experiencing homelessness find and reconnect with their loved ones and any other assistance he  can provide. Michael wants those experiencing homelessness to realize that it is possible to go home again.

About Simtech Solutions, Inc.

Based in San Diego, Simtech Solutions Inc. develops innovative technical solutions focused on the issue of  homelessness. Simtech’s analytical tools help regions quantify the extent of the problem, isolate the contributing  factors, and evaluate the effectiveness of their response.

Simtech’s Counting Us app is the first, and most widely used, mobile technology designed specifically for the HUD  Point in Time homeless count. Simtech’s Show The Way outreach app supports the coordination of care between  street outreach providers. Public officials such as police and park rangers can submit “Requests for Assistance” from  outreach staff to avoid more costly and traumatic interventions such as jails and emergency rooms. Both mobile  apps include questions to help facilitate reunions of people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones.

About Miracle Messages

Miracle Messages is an award-winning 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, headquartered in the SF Bay Area but serving  worldwide. They offer a humane and highly effective way to help end homelessness: strengthen social supports and  financial security, shatter stigmas, and empower people everywhere to get involved. Miracle Messages partners with  organizations such as Simtech Solutions to identify people who have lost connection with a loved one and recruits  volunteers to serve as “digital detectives” to help find the person and facilitate a reunion. Miracle Messages has  reunited over 450 people experiencing homelessness with their loved ones, with an average time separated of over 15 years. 80% of delivered messages have been positively received, and dozens of reunions have resulted in getting  an individual off the streets, all at a fraction of the cost of other interventions.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: https://www.record-bee.com/2021/09/01/30-years-of-homelessness-ends-for-one-man-thanks-to-innovative-partnership/

March 24, 2021

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