Starting today, MEDA volunteers will hit the streets for a month to survey the Mission District. MEDA’s goal is to interview 1,000 households to identify what their needs and concerns are when accessing services. This will help the initiative Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) to offer a service integration that can better address the needs of the community. MPN has received a grant to insure a steady path for children to pursue college and continue on to their career, and to know how to do this first they need to analyze data.
The federal initiative mandates that this survey is carried out, and the logic behind it is pretty simple: families that navigate the system in need of resources for their children and themselves know best what the system needs.
And so, if you live in the area between Duboce Avenue and Cesar Chavez, and from Potrero Avenue to Dolores Street, you should expect people in an orange vest that reads “MEDA,” knocking at your door. The 25-minute bilingual survey will be anonymous, so you can chat away, but don’t confuse the volunteers for a free therapy session. The questions being asked should address children’s issues, their nutrition and housing and fiscal matters, among other questions.
More about the survey here.