We provide Transitional Housing which will lead to permanent housing for the elderly, formerly incarcerated individuals who are past the age of retirement, face disabilities and/or lack the skills sets that will qualify them for work.
We recognize that Age discrimination is a wide barrier this target population is facing. Furthermore, more than a third of people living in communities are living below the poverty line. In combating this gap that obviously leads to homelessness, we will aid in projects that will lead into the development of businesses geared towards providing jobs for those transitioning into society as well as local residents.
For the elderly community we realize acquiring jobs may not be idea. Efforts towards acquisition of grants that will aid in supportive housing for these group of individuals will be key. Extreme focus will be given to partnership between Local Housing Authorities and Housing Grantors to provide:
Training and Vocational Education courses are provided for our residents and we will work closely with Local Governmental Agencies to ensure that those seeking a license in areas such as Cosmetology etc. are afforded the opportunity free of bias.
Our initial training programs includeS the following:
We have partnered with Chef’s, Restaurant Owners, and Culinary Schools to assist our residents in obtaining the skills necessary for securing licensure in Culinary Arts. Our residents also have access to prepare their own meals on site, in a state of the art kitchen that is also be used for teaching purposes.
We conduct Workforce development workshops where we teach our residents essential office skills such as: Typing, Data entry, Filing, Computer software i.e. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc. Residents are provided trainings on resume building and interviewing techniques.
We teach our residents the basics of managing resources and creating budgets, credit building and repairing of credit. Entrepreneurial workshops are also be conducted on and off site.
Residents are allowed to share their goals in becoming business owners and through the assistance and resources from donors the post incarcerated individuals, Veterans and Victim of Domestic Violence have the opportunity to become future business owners and we believe this will contribute to reduction rate of recidivism.
Resources are provided to our residents that enables them to pursue their education, explore grants and scholarships available to them. We provide them with assistance in applying for the such grants and/or scholarships.
We also provide Aid to children of our residents up to 16 years old for school supplies, after school programs, camps, prom and graduation expenses in addition to their educational needs as needed.
This may be one of the most delicate areas in our mission as it rings very close to home to the experiences of our Founder. Victims of domestic violence should have a safe and private place to reside. It shouldn’t consist of a mere mattress, bathroom stall and four walls. It should feel like a better place than what they have once called “Home”.
We want to ensure that this specific group of individuals possess all within this community that will grant them safety and comfort. By providing resources such as educational programs, secured health checkups and other essentials, this will reduce the risk of them compromising themselves to aggressors and privacy of other residents when having to leave the premises.
We recognized that we may not be able to provide everything on-site therefore residents are given the option for escorts when needed. Assistance is provided to our residents in obtaining order of protections and other safety measures necessary to separate them from their aggressors.
We also provide self-defense courses by professional instructors to teach our survivors techniques they can utilize should they be confronted by their aggressors.