New Jersey Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Mental Health Association of Essex County to help Penn Station’s homeless hired Salko. Says Salko about her outreach work:
“The biggest part about it is just respecting the people. And then if they know you’re respecting them, it doesn’t matter what age, what color you are, where you come from. They know that I respect them no matter what.”
Salko helps them find permanent housing and medical care and apply for the critical documents they need to get assistance or be admitted to shelter. And in its first 6 months, the program had had great success including:
Placing 12 homeless individuals in permanent housing and 6 in independent living;
Helping 35 individuals secure identification and documentation, including 2 driver’s licenses; and
Connecting 115 individuals with services and treatment programs.