Camille Winnie spent the past 10 years at the Salt Lake Downtown Alliance in a variety of roles including Director of Business and Community Relations, Program Manager and for the last four years as the Director of Community Services. Camille recently transitioned into a consulting role with the Downtown Alliance and also works with other related community partners. She recently joined the Salt Lake Civil Network as a member of the Mentor Council as steward of the Homeless Content Network and also as the managing Director for the organization.
In her work with the Downtown Alliance, Camille played a key role in developing several programs serving homeless individuals and the surrounding business community. These programs include a partnership with Catholic Community Services to implement an interdisciplinary programming series for the homeless in a dedicated classroom space at the Weigand day services center. This includes an offering of elective courses such as computer skills, creative writing, art, nutrition, job fairs, haircuts, etc. Camille also oversees the HOST panhandling educational campaign on behalf of the Downtown Alliance in partnership with the Salt Lake Police Department.
Other notable programs include a transitional job program called the CLEAN Team that employs homeless individuals to do trash pickup and other maintenance tasks in the Rio Grande neighborhood. And in the summer of 2016, Camille and other key community partners, Wasatch Community Gardens, Advantage Services and Salt Lake City launched a new sister transitional job program called the GREEN Team. This program employs homeless women in an urban farm setting to grow produce for the local Head Start lunch program. While in this program, participants receive ongoing job and life skills training and mentorship.
Creating effective solutions to address homelessness in the Salt Lake City area is a passion and key focus for Camille in her work. With the collaboration of the the Salt Lake Civil Network and fellow Mentor Council members, Anna Decker and John Kessler, she is working to create new programming including a homeless services fair modeled after Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco and a partnership with uBegin, a social platform designed to bring community organizers around the world together to problem solve and discover solutions to challenges surrounding homelessness while learning from thought leaders and work together to realize common goals.