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Welcome Anna to Our Street Outreach Team

Welcome Anna as our Anchor Link Street Outreach Program Case Manager
Anchor House welcomes Anna Zablocka (center), our new Street Outreach Program Case Manager. Pictured with Anna is Anchorage Support Staff Coral Dyson (left) and CEAS Case Manager Andrea Wormley (right).

We are pleased to welcome Anna Zablocka to the staff at Anchor House. Anna started as our new Street Outreach Program (SOP) Case Manager in January 2024. The Anchor Link SOP has been at the forefront of Mercer County’s youth homeless prevention efforts for 27 years and is the only program of its kind in this area.

Our SOP team conducts direct street outreach to youth on the street, provides and engages youth through gateway services like food and clothing, and connects youth with services and resources to leave the street including shelter and safe housing placements.

Anna is pursuing her dream of working in the social work field at Anchor House. Her work has included conducting intakes, food distributions, assisting youth in obtaining documentation like IDs and birth certificates, life skills education, and being an advocate for youth in the SOP. To Anna, a part of her job like handing out resources means so much more. According to Anna, “for my time with them, it shows them that someone cares.”

Anna credits Tyler Fowler and Andrea Wormley, staff on the Coordinated Entry Assessment System (CEAS) team that works closely with SOP, for preparing her for this role as they have provided her with extensive training. “We feed off each other’s energy and work well together,” Anna explained. One of our youth recently picked up on and noted the “positive hope” Anna and Andrea radiate.

Anna joins the Anchor House team at an exciting time as a new site will open on Brunswick Avenue in Trenton that will house programs including SOP and a new Drop-In Center which will be an inviting space where youth who are experiencing homelessness, living on the streets or at-risk of becoming homeless can frequent for meals, laundry, case management services and have access to email/Internet and a phone.

The Drop-In Center complements our outreach and engagement efforts on the streets and will expand our presence in Trenton. It is situated in a neighborhood where there is a large Polish/Slavic population and provides an opportunity for Anna, who is fluent in Polish, to connect more with youth from this population.

Learn more about our Street Outreach Program