THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS OVER! If you’re interested in our organization. Please visit the website again in January. Thank you.
Application: You must complete an application in order to volunteer. Download: SuitcaseApplicationFall2009
- Turn in applications at 570 University Hall by 4pm on Wednesday Sept 9, 2009
- You must complete at least 1 tour of one of our clinics before you turn in your application. Thus, this means the earliest you should be turning in your application is Tuesday morning.
Tours: You must attend at least 1 tour as part of your application
- In order to attend you must email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, which clinic, what time, and tour(s) you can attend. Don’t email me and say I can make any time. Give me a specific time. Thanks. You’ll automatically be signed up for the tour. We just need to know the times you can make it. There won’t be a confirmation email. For Youth and Women’s if you haven’t emailed me, just show up. For general clinic tmrw keep emailing me until 5pm tmrw.
- Tour times
- Youth Clinic: (Monday 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm)-> Meet in front of the Recreational Sports Facility
- Women’s Clinic: (Monday 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm) -> Meet in front of the Recreational Sports Facility
- General Clinic (Tuesday 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm) -> Meet at Sproul Fountain
Brief Recap of the Info Session
What is Suitcase?
Suitcase Clinic is service-learning organization dedicated to training competent caseworkers who can staff the Suitcase Clinic’s three drop-in centers (Youth Clinic Monday nights, Women’s Clinic Monday nights, General Clinic Tuesday nights), empowering students who are passionate about ending homelessness, and exposing future leaders in medicine, law, social welfare, academia, or politics (that’s you!) to a philosophy of humanization, cooperative learning, and social justice. This however, is NOT A CLINICAL EXPERIENCE. The work that you’ll be doing is mainly advocacy work.
How, When and Where
In order to become a volunteer you must take the course HMS98/198 Sec 1. You don’t have to be a student in order to join. However, if you are a student you must get units for the course. CCN and CEC will be distributed in class if you are accepted.
HMS 98/198 meets EVERY Thursday in 100 Wheeler from 5:00-7:00 P.M, starting Sept 10th, 2009. Do not apply if you cannot attend each and every class for the first six weeks–no exceptions!
You must fill out an application above. Follow those instructions.
Housing and Employment
Housing and employment are two integral aspects of the lives’ of our clients. Our small group’s goal is not to offer housing and employment solutions for every client because each clients’ needs are particular and unique and the solution to their case might vary from one person to another. Existent for two semesters now, the housing and employment group’s goal is to create a system whereby we can direct our clients’ to the proper existing resources. This semester we hope to create a database of all the existing housing and employment resources in the Bay Area. We also hope to obtain the housing and employment records and needs of our clients. We also want to start offering our clients’ resume writing services and interview training. We are planning to have a housing and an employment workshop to give our clients an insight on available resources, empowering them to make change.
The Unity small group strives to connect Suitcase Clinic as a whole. Unity recognizes that maintaining communication both within and among all three clinics can be difficult at times, and therefore works to facilitate the improvement of Suitcase relationships both inside and outside of clinic. Through organizing different social and service events, Unity hopes to build a strong foundation for Suitcasers that will lend them support through the intense, and sometimes very heavy, clinic nights. Just as importantly, Unity strives to make sure that others are enjoying their time in Suitcase!
The Supply group’s main objective is to collect the supplies necessary for Clinic to run smoothly and effectively. These supplies provide our clients with tools they need to meet their basic physical needs while living on the street. For example, some of the items we give out include: hygiene supplies and toiletries, clothing, blankets, and vitamins. The group runs drives throughout the year in order to collect the items. For example, this semester, we are planning to host a Halloween-themed poker tournament for socks, collect donations from resident halls such as dorms and greek houses, and even get involved with the community beyond the campus.
The goal of the Dinners small group is a simple and straightforward one: providing hot meals on a consistent basis. In the past, the dinners small group has been responsible for putting on several large scale dinners at General clinic over the course of the semester. This semester, we will not only keep this tradition going, but we are also looking to improve and expand dinners as a service by including more dinners based projects. Members of the dinners small group will work collectively to make providing dinners a fun and exciting experience not only for our clients but also for members of the clinic. We want to stress that providing dinners is not just a service, but an important way to promote client retention. Therefore, we aim to ultimately make our meals the best meals ever.
The SHARE Small Group stems from the General Clinic service called SHARE (Searching How to Achieve Respect and Empowerment), a forum for clients and students to come together to discuss topics relevant to homelessness in a safe space. An important aspect of the forum is to gather different perspectives from students and clients to empower the clients to better their situation and to work together to actively create change in Berkeley’s homeless community. For example, currently the Suitcase Clinic is working with Berkeley Food & Housing Project to plan the construction of a new Men’s Shelter and Multi-Service Clinic in Berkeley. Also, SHARE actively participates in the City of Berkeley’s Homeless Commission meetings. Many of our projects are designed to empower the clients since SHARE’s ultimate goal is to end homelessness and make Suitcase Clinic obsolete.
The Wellness Small Group was created to promote mental health – a state of balanced well-being where individuals develop the ability to cope with the normal stresses of life, recognize their unique abilities, and work productively and fruitfully to make a positive contribution to their community.Originally created as a project to address mental health needs through psychology and counseling services, the Wellness Small Group’s directive has evolved to a more holistic view of health. Its renewed focus seeks to develop sustainable steps to create an environment of positive mental health in a safe and comfortable setting.In a recent internal survey, the clients at Suitcase Clinic identifiedabusive and broken relationships as one of the primary causes of theirfinancial instability. This semester, Wellness hopes to address this growing need by providing a variety of workshops and activities that focus on building healthy relationships to learning stress management techniques.The Group holds its programs at the Women’s and Youth clinics. Small Group members are responsible for facilitating programs, coordinating with on/off campus groups to put on a workshop, and/or spear-heading activities that meet the mental health needs of our clients.