The Redwood City Downtown Streets Team (DST) has unveiled its newly appointed Community Advisory Council, tasked with engaging in social justice and creating a meaningful impact to the Downtown Streets Team in Redwood City. Members of the council, who will serve one-year terms, will focus on education, advocacy and policy as they build community partnerships to enhance and expand the DST program, which empowers homeless or at-risk community members with opportunities and resources that include beautification and creek restoration projects.
William Alexander, Meg Gale, Sheri Jamme, John O’Hara and Chris Rasmussen are the nonprofit’s founding council members.
The DST arose from a pilot program with the City of Redwood City two years ago, and as a central part of its work, builds “teams that restore dignity, inspire hope and provide a pathway to recovery from homelessness,” according to a statement from the DST.
Matty Shirer, senior project manager at the DST, said he is thrilled to be working with the new Advisory Council and that he’s eagerly anticipating it growing with additional community members from diverse backgrounds. “Together can we end homelessness in our lifetime, but only when everyone has a seat at the table and a voice that is heard,” said Shirer.
Anyone interested in supporting the DST Community Advisory Council by becoming a member or contributing ideas can contact the council at RWCCAC@StreetsTeam.org.
The Redwood City Downtown Streets Team photo courtesy of the organization