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reStart's mission is toprovide time, space and resources in a supportive environment for homeless persons seeking to move toward independent living. We have worked with homeless men, women, youth and families since 1984. Throughout 2006, we served 5,334 persons, including 232 families and 626 children/youth, with a total of 84,930 bed nights.
Each day, more than 450 people come to reStart for food, shelter, and the support they deserve. Despite diverse backgrounds, all reStart guests share the same barriers to self-sufficiency and integration into the mainstream. They also share an opportunity to "reStart" their lives.
reStart operates the following programs on behalf of homeless individuals and families:
Overnight Emergency Shelter: A warm place to sleep and a nutritious meal for 33 women and 50 men.
Family Emergency Shelter: Room and board for up to 30 days, including counseling, case management and children's programs for 17 families.
Transitional Living: Room and board for up to 24 months for a maximum capacity of 75 single adults and a maximum capacity of 38 families with children, including counseling and case management.
Youth Services: Emergency shelter for 10 boys ages 12 - 18 and street outreach for runaway and homeless youth.
Homeless Services Center: A day drop in center that offers case management, substance abuse counseling, housing and employment counseling and referrals, showers, mail, phone and laundry services in a safe environment for chronically homeless individuals.
A New Start: Permanent housing and customized supportive services provided on-site at a 21-unit complex, for 19 chronically homeless adults. Truman Medical Center's Behavioral Health Network's Assertive Community Outreach team provides assessment and screening, outreach case management, and psychiatric treatment.
Economic Development: Hands-on training to help homeless people acquire jobs by providing on-site employment to current and immediate past residents. Participants are offered promotional opportunities and some have moved up the ranks to become members of our management team.
Supportive Services: Health care; educational assistance; chemical dependency support groups; life skills classes; housing assistance; and HIV/AIDS care.
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