Because of their strong interface with the community, the same Service Coordinators who work with community members also provide aftercare support to guests moving into permanent housing from both the family and adult shelters. The Haven’s Aftercare Program offers ongoing support, advocacy, nurturing, and intervention to interested clients moving from the Haven shelter into permanent housing.
Many people come through our doors in need of more than food, clothing and/or a shower. Sometimes they are in need of shelter when all of our beds are full. Other times they are housed, but most precariously because they are, for instance, choosing between paying the rent or their utility bill, which might be a month overdue. Other times they have medical issues that have compromised their employment status. Our Service Coordinators assist with short-term development of solutions and referrals to other organizations for longer term help.
The Haven’s Aftercare Program offers ongoing support, advocacy, nurturing, and intervention to interested guests moving from the Haven shelter into permanent housing. Former guests are offered home visits, phone contacts and connections to area resources that can be helpful to their situation. This program is vital because it helps to ensure former residents’ long-term success, prevents repeat shelter stays and provide invaluable data by which to measure the Haven’s successes and weaknesses.