User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Outreach To Van Eps Park

July 28, 2014, 5:02 PM by Angela Kennecke

Outreach To Van Eps Park
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A very visible park has brought a big social problem in Sioux Falls into focus. 

Drinking, drugs and all the problems that go along with them are showing up in two city parks — Van Eps right off of Minnesota Avenue and Tower Park on North Main Avenue. 

The issues Sioux Falls is seeing in Van Eps and Tower Parks stem mostly from alcohol and drug use. People are visibly drinking, and there's also evidence of drugs in the park.  Some, not all, of these people are homeless. Nearly all share a common bond of chemical use. 

As a health care for homeless site, Falls Community Health is required to provide substance abuse services.

"We go to Union Gospel Mission; we go to Good Shepard Center. So we have some established locations we will go to on a regular basis and provide outreach services," Clinical Services Manager Vanessa Sweeney said.

Lately, that outreach has been to Van Eps Park. 

"So we want to go out and make that connection," Sweeney said. "And build that rapport with them, so even if they are not self-identifying whatever they may need at the time-it can be a check for diabetes--it doesn't have to be a substance abuse service--that they know that they know they can come here and we will go and meet them," 

The clinic saw 1,100 homeless patients last year and made 2100 case management visits.  Sweeny knows people can't be forced to get help if they don't see it as a problem. 

"We want to let people know these services exist and that they can access these services in any point in time," Sweeny said.

That's just one of the efforts underway to tackle a bigger social problem than banning alcohol in the parks.  On tonight's Eye on KELOLAND, we'll have an in-depth look at the issues in the park from those trying to help the homeless to neighbors and even people drinking in the park.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
 

View news

You may also like

Jury Finds Annette Bosworth Guilty

5/27/2015 6:43 PM

A jury has found a former U.S. Senate Candidate guilty of perjury and filing false documents.

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Teacher Sentenced To 15 Years

5/22/2015 11:04 AM

In February, Drueppel admitted she had a relationship with a student while working as a teacher at a Sioux Falls middle school.

Full Story
Shooting Death Investigation Underway In Brown County

5/27/2015 10:40 AM

An Aberdeen man is dead in what may have been an accidental shooting.

Full Story
Amber Alert For Missing Girl Cancelled

5/28/2015 3:02 PM

An Amber Alert for a 12-year-old Iowa girl has been cancelled.

Full Story
Elementary School's Playground Destroyed By Fire

5/23/2015 5:14 PM

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue put out a fire on the playground of Hawthorne Elementary Saturday afternoon that damaged the school.

Full Story


Events