Below is an update from the homeless shelter ‘Adult Service Center’ located in Downtown Seattle on 3rd Ave (between Lenora and Virginia). This is the same update that is found in many other listed shelters in HomelessShelterDirectory.com.
Shelter Information Last Update Date: 2012-02-14 16:15:46
Important: Many of these shelters now have waiting lists. Please call before going to them. Many waiting lists are very long. Shelters and service also go out of business. Always call ahead to confirm that this location is still active. If you find that this location is no longer operating, please send us a comment using the form below.
As you may reason, a homeless person would probably not have access to a phone, less a computer. There is definitely an opportunity to use social media to find other ways to get the word out there for those that need to know.
Homeless Shelter Directory (HSD) is doing a great service in our comunities because they collect information of homeless shelters and service organizations. This is a great directory, and there is plenty of opportunity to improve the communication efforts to both, volunteers and the actual homeless. HSD does have a Facebook page with around 5000 likes, but their last activity was on December of last year. There are new comments left by Facebook users, but it doesn’t seem that HSD responds to the question and comments posted. HSD does not have a twitter account, although there are some tweets that reference HSD. Needless to say, HSD does not really follow a content calendar. If any, the content calendar comes from the local organizations that set up ‘events,’ such as for food-banks or soup-kitchens. HSD’s purpose is mainly to communicate who (non-profits) is doing what, and it allows the website visitor to add their own ‘homeless’ organization. HSD promotes volunteering opportunities, but I do not see any outreach volunteering efforts for the homeless people themselves, as for helping them identify shelter and food locations. Using social media to recruit volunteers for the purposes of creating methods to expand the communication channels between the homeless and the people that want to help is something I’d like to explore.