Shelter Network's Programs are
a Hand Up, Not a Hand Out
Hard work and commitment is required from the homeless men, women and children served. In return, Shelter Network provides safe, clean, and modern shelter, nutritious food, comprehensive counseling services, programs for children, and job and housing searches. The programs ensure that the community's most vulnerable members have the opportunity to return to self sufficiency and a place they can call "home".
Shelter Network's Effective Formula For Success
- Clean, Safe and Modern Housing: Short-term and transitional housing programs
- Basic Necessities: Food, clothing, toiletries, household goods, baby supplies
- One-on-One Counseling with Case Managers: At Shelter Network, clients are professionally and respectfully guided toward returning to self-sufficiency
- Life Skills Workshops: Money Management (clients are required to save a minimum of 50% of their income), Parenting Classes, Conflict Resolution, Resume Development, Job Interview Skills
- Children's Program: Child care, homework club and tutoring, computer training, arts and crafts, birthday parties, field trips
- Practical Assistance: Telephone access, bus passes, computer and internet access and training
- Follow-Up and Alumni Program: After graduation from Shelter Network's programs, families and individuals can continue to meet with a case manager for six months to ensure that they make a successful and permanent transition back to self-sufficiency. They can also join the Alumni Program to participate in an ongoing support network and help mentor others returning to self-sufficiency.
Non-Shelter Based Programs
Although Shelter Network's seven physical shelter locations continually operate at capacity, we are also able to help people with non-shelter based programs including Housing First and Bridges. These programs preserve the space in our site-based shelter programs for those who need it most.
Housing First Program
Housing First is for people who are employed and can afford monthly rent payments but lack funds for move-in costs (first month's rent, security deposit) and short-term rent subsidies as needed. They receive those funds from Shelter Network and also receive case management services where they live.
The Bridges program helps working families who have an adult family member in school or in a job training program by providing them with temporary rent subsidies while in school or training or paying off debt.
Motel Voucher Program
The Motel Voucher program is an emergency program for families and individuals on the waiting list to enter Shelter Network's shelter-based programs.
Shelter Network has two Outreach programs. The first is Healthcare for Homeless which links unsheltered homeless individuals throughout the county with existing healthcare services to homeless individuals. The second is Shelter Network's Homeless Outreach Team which collaborates with other agencies to identify and house the most difficult to serve, or chronically homeless individuals, and those with significant behavioral health challenges.
Watch How Shelter Network is Changing Lives
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