Our sole purpose is to:
- Rebuild broken lives – Isaiah 35:10
- Renew minds – Romans 12:1-2
- Repair the Altar of Lordship – II Chronicles 33:16
- Restore the Soul – Joel 2:23-26
We have been providing long-term housing in a 10,000 square foot building to women and their children since 1989, offering a safe, stable environment in a community living situation. Residents are fed, receive assistance with clothing and other immediate needs; are offered guidance to develop a goal plan to progress towards independent living and develop life skills to provide for their family. Our advocate follows through with accountability for the resident to take steps towards meeting their goal plan. A support group to deal with issues of abuse is held at a local church that provides childcare for residents attending the group. We also provide transportation assistance to aid access to community resources and resources to meet medical needs, driver’s testing, school/GED, and job searching. Residents are also treated to birthday parties and other special occasions. A volunteer provides custom decorated cakes for the children. For many, this is the first time they have ever had a birthday party or celebrated a holiday.
The first priority of the Village is to see that women and their children are safe, free from abuse and have their most basic needs met of food, shelter and clothing. We work with the residents to connect in the community with services to meet their educational and medical needs. They are taught life skills to be more educated on how to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles. While here most women achieve employment that provides them with sufficient income to meet their family’s needs. Part of what makes our approach effective is that we are long-term. Our clients come to us from a variety of situations (homeless, no income, no child care, little education/job training, and little support) and have many barriers that keep them from moving forward. We are long-term because we realize that it takes a significant amount of time to come up with solutions to these barriers. Our strategy is not just helping find solutions to short term physical needs such as income and place to live, but rather to find ways to make the solutions last, for example, providing counseling, furthering education, or securing job training opportunities. As long as residents abide by house rules and continue working on life goals (as determined through advocacy sessions), they may remain in residency until such a time as they are emotionally, financially and physically able to provide safety and stability for themselves and/or children.
Our services are provided at no cost to residents upon their arrival. Once they have achieved some stability and are moving forward with their life and as space is available they are eligible to move into our transitional living program. At that time depending on their financial situation, a rent scale is determined.
We receive referrals from other service agencies, churches, businesses and individuals who know of our services. Our initial intake is completed over the phone. When we have an opening we contact the waiting list by date called. The client then comes in for a meeting with our advocate to see the facilities and hear what we require and a move in time is established.