The Knox County Homeless Task Force on Saturday is sponsoring a public presentation by Exit 0 — a street-based program addressing the needs of the homeless population in Jeffersonville and the greater Louisville, Kentucky, area.
Exit 0 — which references the first I-65 exit ramp into Indiana — has spent the last decade reaching out to men and women living on the street.
The faith-based organization offers southern Indiana’s homeless access to daily meals, warm showers and even assistance in applying for new copies of birth certificates and other legal documents so often missing yet absolutely vital to applying for jobs, housing or government assistance.
Paul Stensrud with Exit 0 arrives in Knox County today and will spend the afternoon talking with local homeless residents and offering assistance.
Homeless Task Force leader Mark Hill, also executive director of the United Way of Knox County, said after spending Friday assessing the extent of homelessness in Knox County, Stensrud will then give a public presentation and host a question-and-answer session Saturday afternoon underneath the city’s Riverfront Pavilion at Second and Busseron streets.
“Exit 0 has done this in other communities as well. Their intention is to help us assess where we’re at on this issue and offer insights,” Hill said.
Troy Pickle, who presented the idea to the Homeless Task Force, says he is optimistic that the education provided by Stensrud will be a helpful step forward in providing assistance the growing homeless population here.
“This will give people in the community a chance to come together to help these people get the resources they need,” said Pickle, director of Churches Embracing Offenders of Knox County.
Hill described the outreach organization as “nontraditional” in their approach, noting that they focus on taking a personal, street-level outreach route.
“Stensrud is not a guy who has a lot of faith in the bureaucratic process to take care of all problems,” Hill said. “So part of the intention here is to look at various angles and options to what we can do locally.”
Exit 0 emphasizes the mobilization of churches and the community to aid those in need, and Hill says the Knox County Homeless Task Force is open to the possibility of any way forward in tackling the issue.
The hour-long presentation begins at 2 p.m.
It is free and open to the public. Social distancing seating will be provided, and masks will be required for all those in attendance.
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