We believe that expectations are paramount to teach homeless families the habits and routines necessary to sustain themselves. The Hope for Families Center is designed not just to be a place to stay, but to provide a structured program that teaches families how to set expectations of themselves that they can carry into the future.
AT HOPE FOR FAMILIES SHELTER, WE REQUIRE OUR RESIDENTS TO:
The Hope for Families Center provides our residents a framework to understand what personal discipline looks like, walks like and talks like. Preserving a clean living environment, maintaining sobriety and monitoring the behavior of their children – when we help residents live personal discipline for the short-term, it helps our residents learn personal discipline practices they can utilize for long-term success.
We require each of our adult residents to contribute to their family’s income through steady employment. We help residents who are not currently employed build a resume, prepare for interviews, and negotiate so they can find a job to help support their family. We also have savings requirements so that families are prepared to support themselves once they leave the Hope for Families Center. We’ve learned that although we may require our residents find a job, when they get that first paycheck, they start to believe they CAN be successfully employed.
With two-thirds of our residents being children, maintaining responsibility to the family is critical. Our residents work directly with their case manager to make sure their family’s medical, mental health, dental, and educational needs are met. Whether it’s applying for insurance or conferencing with a teacher about a child’s academic needs, we teach our residents the responsibilities of being a parent.
Hope For Families connected me with child care so I could work. They helped me find a job. Taught me how to apply for Medicaid and Food Stamps. I went through their financial literacy program – I went from literally nothing to actually saving money in my bank account. I even bought my own car! - Christie