Our on-site, multi-purpose Employee & Education Center (EEC) offers our residents access to a computer lab, internet connection, copier and fax machine. The goal of the EEC staff and volunteers is to help residents gain employment, increase wages and in some cases, further their education. Residents can visit the EEC to get assistance with a resume, to research job opportunities, complete job applications, complete online classes and discuss employment and education goals. With guidance from our Employment & Education Specialist, residents can create career and education goals, attend career fairs, family nutrition classes, financial literacy classes and other life-skill seminars. EEC staff help the parents in our community understand the public school system and learn best practices for advocating for their children.
The Community Center offers school-aged children on-site access to a safe, stable, after-school environment with programming designed to enhance social and educational growth. During the academic year, children can visit the Community Center after school for a nutritional snack and participate in social activities, tutoring, art/pet therapy, STREAM-based projects and mentoring. The Community Center also hosts special events and evening events for the children. During the summer, our Community Center hosts the Summer Program during the day so children can have structured activities, lunch, snack and plenty of play time!
Every resident at House of Refuge is assigned a case manager who works with the resident to develop an individualized case plan unique to each family. The case plan addresses barriers and outlines steps necessary to reach full employment and/or educational goals. Case management plans may focus on life skills, employment, childcare and navigating available benefits. As the family continues in the program, a housing plan is developed. We believe this individualized plan helps families stabilize their lives, become self-sufficient and transition into safe and sustainable housing.
Our Donation Center is a busy hub in our community. Many of our residents arrive with little to no personal belongings. With the generous support of our local community, our families can begin to rebuild their lives and homes. When residents move in, they can “shop” the Donation Center for clothing, furniture, food and other household items. Every item that a family acquires from the Donation Center is theirs to keep and take with them when they leave House of Refuge.