The Five Essentials

Opportunities for residents to gain valuable life skills are provided and essential for both adults and children to overcome difficulties due to life experiences. Programming is focused on five areas:

1. Employment / Education

2. Financial Literacy

3. Health & Wellness

4. Life Skills

5. Permanent Housing

While part of the program includes adult residents being required to be employed and participate in Social Service activities, a Case Manager develops an individualized case plan, which is unique to each family.  The case plan addresses barriers and outlines steps needed to reach employment and/or educational goals.  Case Managers develop an individualized case plan focusing on life skills, employment, child care, health and wellness, substance abuse prevention, and enrollment into available benefit programs.

The Community Center provides after school assistance for the children with tutoring, art, pet and music therapy, nutrition and exercise programming, as well as nutritional snacks.

Adult residents receive assistance through the Resource Center which provides job readiness programming, financial literacy assistance, and access to a computer lab.  Classes on parenting, finances, budgeting, and other current needs are also offered on a regular basis.

The Donation Center is located in the heart of the campus where residents can receive food, clothing, household items, and beds at no cost.  All items received become the property of the family to assist in their stabilization process, and to prepare them as they exit the program to permanent housing.

All 88 units, programs, and services are housed within the neighborhood for easy access and assisting residents to develop a sense of community.  While in the program, residents have access to all resources in an effort to build or renew needed life skills, computer access, employment, and financial training.

This new space will allow us to offer on-site, online classes to our residents to assist with vocational certificates in industry relevant areas of employment. The secondary part of the EEC is to provide a heavy use kitchen to offer a healthy, nutritional brunch to the 150 children that call House of Refuge home. Hunger and poverty do not disappear when school breaks occur.