Pathways to Self-Sufficiency

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Pathways to self-sufficiency is designed to help homeless individuals living in our Open Arms Men’s Shelter and Samaritan House Women’s Shelter find - and keep - stable housing.

How do we do this?

Our multi-pronged program helps homeless individuals find affordable housing quickly, provides job training and assistance in finding employment, teaches life skills like cooking and budgeting, and follows individuals for 6 -12 months after they move into their new homes to address any issues that could result in a return to homelessness.

Housing Retention

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We have hired a Housing Retention Specialist dedicated to helping clients from our shelters find housing quickly.

She sources affordable housing units, establishes relationships with landlords and helps clients through the application and move-in process. She also teaches clients how to be good tenants and most importantly, keeps in touch with them for 6 - 12 months after they move into their apartments to identify, and rectify, problems that could result in a return to homelessness.

The Housing Specialist works hand-in-hand with an individual from the Mental Health Association (MHA) to ensure that all clients’ mental and physical health issues are addressed.

Vocational Training & Employment

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We will hire a Vocational & Employment Coordinator to help individuals find, and keep, employment so that they can reduce their dependence on public assistance. The coordinator will develop job training programs in fields like custodial/maintenance, hospitality etc. and teach soft skills like resume writing and interviewing.

They’ll connect participants with employers and guide them through the job application process.  The Coordinator will also follow clients (and their employers) for 6 - 12 months to ensure that employment is maintained.

Life Skills Training

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Many of our clients have never lived on their own. They’ve been in foster care, prisons, mental health facilities or shelters and have never had the opportunity to learn the skills that most of us take for granted. We’ll hire a Life Skills Coordinator to provide training such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and budgeting. Much of this training will be provided in partnership with other for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

**Our Pathways to Self-Sufficiency program is available to current clients of our
Open Arms Men’s Shelter and Samaritan House Women’s Shelter at this time.