Brea policemans helps redefine what homeless outreach can look like – KABC-TV

7October 2020

BREA, Calif. (KABC)– For the past seven years, Brea Authorities Department Officer Teri Hill has concentrated on the homeless full-time.

“The huge aspect of this is making connections with people,” she said. “Going out there, meeting people, so when I call the shelter, they know who I am and they know that I‘m there to help people.”

As the department’s only homeless liaison officer, she and 2 full-time volunteers use a number of local agencies and companies.

“We have Orange County Mental Health, we have the Orange County Health Care Company that I work with extremely closely, and I can call them right now and they will come out and attend to the issue that we have with the homeless,” said Hill.Most recently,

they had the ability to get an 18-year-old mom into real estate with her infant boy.

“We worked our butts off to get her into this home and she’s still there,” she said.On the flip side, she states there are those who don’t desire aid and have psychological health problems.

“So people will call us about some man on the corner strolling or shouting in the streets and there’s no place to put that man, and I actually believe we need to focus on the mentally ill so that we have someplace to put them. And get them better,” said Hill.

For Brea cops, when it concerns the homeless, it’s not all about enforcement.

“That’s the huge thing we desire people to know – it’s outreach first. It’s all about what sort of resources can we offer you to help you in your scenario,” said Lt. Phil Rodriguez, the department’s public info officer.For Hill and her volunteers, it‘s about approaching each person with compassion.” Really reveal them that you

care due to the fact that you can pretend and they’ll see right through that,”said Hill.” Much of these people have no one they rely on. No one that has actually made a distinction in their lives and been authentic about it, “said volunteer Claudia Hamano.After the department published about the success with the young homeless mom, their Facebook fans expressed gratitude, some saying this is how it’s done. Copyright © 2020 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.Source: abc7.com

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