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Homelessness101: Harm Reduction

December 8, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

There is a cost for this training.
CEUs offered: 1.5

Homelessness 101 is comprised of a series of 7 trainings covering basic content & best practices relevant and necessary for all people working in housing and homeless services. September-November 2023 will address all 7 topics.  You do not have to attend them all or in any particular order.

Course Description: While there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing Harm Reduction, many in our industry follow basic principles in their practice & services.  In this training, these principles will be used to take a closer look at Harm Reduction and how it can also be applied to the over-arching continuum of care for the homeless community.  From needle exchange programs to accessibility of basic primary care services, harm reduction can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s quality of life, beyond preventing the negative consequences of substance use.

Presenter Bios:

Eric Bacon has been active in the community for over 25 years, working as a Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor and with a passion for working with the homeless population. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Continuum of Care Center. Eric has been in recovery for 29 years and uses his lived experience with homelessness, incarceration and addiction to connect with people where they are while honoring all pathways to recovery and self-sufficiency. With his inception of this non-profit which is a Recovery Community Organization (RCO), his team strives to provide peer-to-peer support to those with substance use and mental health disorders.

As an AmeriCorps Recovery Project Coordinator, Kelly Ables brings to CCC her passion for helping those who struggle with substances and are looking for their own path to recovery. She is Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and is coordinating a DHS grant for those suffering with Opioid use disorders in Minneapolis; providing support with evaluating/creating internal programs, building external partner networks, creating training programs or developing recovery workforce pipelines in the community. She has been trained in Harm Reduction with Minnesota Recovery Connection

How to register:  Registration below is broken into Member & Non-Member.  If you are unsure whether you are part of a member organization or would like more information about membership, please contact Michele.  If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be walked through payment process and receive an automated email confirming your payment and registration.  If you choose to pay by check, you will receive an invoice from MESH.  Payment is expected prior to training date.  Please contact Michele if scholarship help is needed.  You may register more than 1 person at a time and note the names in the space provided. The Zoom link will be provided the day prior to the training. If you do not see the reminder email with the link – please check your spam/junk folder or email Michele right away.


December 8, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Eric Bacon
Kelly Ables


Scholarships Available