Pathway To Independence
First call for help – Callers are asked a series of questions that will help determine what types of resources are needed. If homelessness is not imminent the caller is provided with information on affordable housing and referred to other agencies and resources that can prevent them from becoming homeless. Our goal is to help maintain safe and secure communities by keeping people safely housed or sheltered so they do not have to live in their cars or on the streets.
Assessment – During the assessment, the vulnerability of each household is determined. Background information is gathered on the family or individual. It is important to have behavioral, physical health and family history on past living locations, previous or current job status and any other assistance they are currently receiving. This information helps us develop an action plan that will move households towards financial stability. Upon completion of the assessment the case manager will move through a housing decision tree with the client to determine their next steps.
Shelter – The basic needs of food, shelter and hospitality are provided through the network of Family Promise congregations. The churches are located across the county and are open from 5 pm to 7 am daily. While at the churches, the evening meal is provided along with the morning meal. Foods are made available to be packed for lunch at the day center or at the client’s place of employment. During day time hour’s clients stay at the day center unless they are employed or have other appointments.
Case Management – The case manager works closely with each household in the program requiring weekly appointments with each client to identify the necessary steps to improve their life and work readiness skills and connect them to resources that will enhance their ability to achieve life sustaining employment. Clients are helped with job applications and interview skills and transportation is provided when needed.
Transportation – Clients are transported from the day center to the host church in the afternoon and returned to the day center in the morning by van and staff from Family Promise. When appointments for medical reasons or other needs arise transportation is also provided when approved by Family Promise staff.