A comprehensive solution for independence.

 

We provide shelter, meals, basic needs (clothing, toiletries, and personal items), case management, referrals, and resources to families in transition. During the day, families have access to a Day Center which is a hub for the organization. This center provides a permanent address for families, training, and case management services.  All adults meet for employment consultation (to assist in job seeking/placement) and financial counseling (to better manage finances and start saving).

 

 

How resources are provided.

Host congregations provide their facility for one week at a time—about once every three months. Families arrive at 5pm for dinner and stay overnight. During the day, kids go to daycare or school and parents go to work. On Sundays, the families move to the next host congregation site. Support congregations provide volunteer and financial support to host congregations. 

 

BRIDGE HOUSING

·       Congregational Shelter- Our initial program and employs a volunteer network of host and support congregations.

·       Keeping the Promise-- “post-shelter” program. This involves a continuing case management effort with the families which can include some of the following:

o   Continuing education to help the families become more stable

o   Rental subsidies—directly and through a cooperative program with local landlords which is under development.

 

OPEN DOORS

·       Access Point—Function as a part of the Oneby1 Coordinated Entry System which provides the initial intact with homeless families with children.  Involves a referral to the appropriate agency to provide assistance.

·       Master Case Management—Participates as a part of the coordinated Family Haven Alliance.  FHA is a county wide organization of the Master Case Managers from the key agencies in Sarasota County providing coordinated assistance to homeless families.

o   Emergency Shelter—Provides short-term hotel nights if other emergency shelters are full.

o   Diversion & Prevention—Effort to help families that are not homeless yet to help them find opportunities to avoid homelessness.

o   Rental Assistance and Coordinated Landlord Effort

 
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