Friday, July 29, 2011

The Center of Hope

Today I wanted to take a minute to talk a little bit about our Center of Hope, many know it as the "homeless shelter" but really, it is a full service social service center. Here is some great information about some of the programs offered there EVERYDAY! 

Did you know? 
  • The Center of Hope is the largest homeless refuge in NE Oklahoma with a capacity for over 500 and has separate living areas for single men, single women and families. Three daily meals are served for shelter guests.
  • Nightly chapel services are available. Participation is voluntary.
  • Primary physical and mental health care services are provided at on site clinics.

We offer Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA)

  • Utility assistance (electric, natural gas, propane and water/sewer services)
  • Limited prescription assistance is provided following the same application requirements for EFA. A current original prescription must be submitted with application.
  • Restricted Travel Assistance is available to send “stranded” travelers safely back to their homes and employment. Application for Travel Assistance does not guarantee assistance will be available or approved.
Our Supportive Housing program helps to reduce the number of permanently homeless in Tulsa by:
  • Teaching effective financial management
  • Fostering healthy nutritional habits
  • Strengthening families through parenting development
  • Establishing solid family structures and values
  • Developing desire to seek lifelong learning opportunities
  • Acquiring, stabilizing and maintaining housing.
The PATHWAYS program has the goal to help those facing homelessness follow a clear path to self-sufficiency.
  • Step One – Genesis
    • The Genesis Program is designed as a starting point and is the guest’s opportunity for a new beginning.
  • Step Two – Joshua/Ruth
    • The Joshua/Ruth Program is designed to move the guest towards desiring and obtaining a fulfilling successful life.
  • Step Three – Josiah
    • The Josiah Program is designed to eliminate obstacles that guests experience which hinder progress towards housing stability.
  • Step Four – Gideon
    • The Gideon Program is designed for guests who work full time and are preparing to return to permanent housing.
  • Goliath – This program complements Steps One through Four and is exclusively for guests struggling with addictions by focusing on proper treatment opportunities and recovery that leads to lifelong sobriety.
  • Abraham – A Family Focused Program
    • The Abraham Program is a life skills class designed for families, which provides guidance towards appropriate individualized housing placement in either on-site Supportive Housing or permanent housing.

Project Able is a program for single individuals who are HOMELESS and are willing to work towards self-sufficiency through employment education and skills training. It includes:

  • Two-year supportive program (transitional housing)
  • Comprehensive assessment of individual needs
  • Individualized case plan developed by the individual and case management team
  • Group sessions to specifically target problem areas
  • Education and job training opportunities
  • Intensive case management services including client-linkage, advocacy and coordination of services
  • Assistance with basic necessities .
I hope you learned something about the Center of Hope that you didn't know! Have a great weekend!

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