Homeless man

(Wikipedia photo)

MANSFIELD -- Joe Trolian and Melissa Stone are on the same page when it comes to trying to assist homeless residents, though they work in cities nearly 300 miles apart.

Rather than trying to impose solutions on the unhoused population, why not spend time trying to find out what it is these residents need?

Melissa Stone

Melissa Stone, MSW, LSW, EMDR Clinician, Bloomington (Ind.) Police Department (Image from YouTube video)

Bloomington downtown resource

The Bloomington (Ind.) Police Department launched a specialized downtown resource team in 2014, largely to assist with a growing homeless population. (Bloomington Police Department image)

Joe Trolian

Joe Trolian, executive director for the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. (Richland Source file photo)

Erin Schaefer

Erin Schaefer, PCC-S, IMFT-S, is the Executive Vice President/Executive Director at Catalyst Life Services.

Keith Porch

Mansfield police Chief Keith Porch (Richland Source file photo)

City editor. 30-year plus journalist. Husband. Father of 3 grown sons and also a proud grandpa. Prior military journalist in U.S. Navy, Ohio Air National Guard. -- Favorite quote: "Where were you when the page was blank?"