I wish it were that easy. I wish we could just love each individual who comes through our doors and it would solve all of their problems. I wish that love was all we need.
Unfortunately, with the amount of trauma we see in many of those we serve, we need to offer much more. People often wonder what happens during a resident's 90-day stay. Here is an overview of our program and case planing that helps our residents find success:
Week 1 - Resident enters shelter. There is a lot of paperwork to complete and various assessments to help with case planning. This is an overwhelming time for anyone as it is scary to be in a new and unfamiliar place. Week 2-4 - Resident meets with the Case Manager on a weekly basis. Resident is working on goals and a plan for income as well as identifying resources to deal with personal barriers such as mental health and addiction. Week 4-8 - Resident is hopefully employed and saving money for rent and security deposit. Resident continues to work with the case manger on access to resources. Resident is also working on life skills which may include problem solving, learning to say no, self responsibility, time management, dealing with conflict, etc. Residents are expected to do a daily chore and play a positive part in the communal living aspect of the shelter. Week 8-12 - Resident continues to save money and is actively searching for housing. Resident continues to work on life skills, address any mental and physical health issues, and actively work to maintain sobriety and make positive social connections.
Once the 90 days is complete, success comes not only in the form of housing and steady income but in the individual achievment we see each time someone moves out. These achievements range from maintaining sobriety and demonstrating perseverance to reconnecting with their children along with being positive and kind hearted.
While LOVE plays a big role in what we do each day, our vision is much bigger. It is the ability to see each individual for who they are when they walk in the door and give each person a chance no matter their past mistakes. Our greatest strength as an organization is that we accept everyone as a valuable individual and strive to help each person find success!
Lead with your heart by helping your neighbors who need it the most!