Terros is a speacial place that offers up of many different things to it's community. Terros offered HIV testing, out patient rehabilitation for substance abuse, crisis intervention, educational groups and team support. In the short time before leaving I was able to be a part of opening a center for the homeless. They were given breakfast, beverages, and had the option of staying for the educational groups. Those who stayed for groups were afforded the opportunity to shower and be given a fresh set of clothing.
HIV Outreach was going out into the public to offer and educate the homeless population about HIV and other programs available in their community. One part of the targeted population was IV drug users. It was believed that, if we can not stop the users from using at least educate them on how they could do it safely. Things like clean water, bleach to keep safe from HIV, the use of condoms, and always the number to the crisis department.
Having the opportunity to educate this population, and listen to their stories brings about a certain piece of civility in all of the employees.