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Transitional Programs for women sponsors and initiates programs which, in faithfulness to the mission of Jesus, foster the personal growth and wholeness of women and children in need. Transitional Programs for Women pursues this mission through the operation of the Women's Hearth, Transitional Living Center, EduCare,and Miryam's House.
Miryam's House offers a supportive, nurturing environment for women recovering from crises related to homelessness, abuse, addiction and displacement. The goal of the program is to promote permanent changes through healing, learning and growth toward self-sufficiency and financial stability. The philosophy of care at Miryam's emphasizes an empowerment model of personal responsibility for individual growth along with community (residents) and staff support.
Miryam's House has 9 individual rooms and an efficiency apartment for a pregnant woman who can then remain in residency after delivery. Case management, 24 hour professional staffing, counseling, and life/social skills education are the primary components of the residential program at Miryam's House. Each resident is assigned a "contact staff," who acts in the role of case manager and counselor, and is a resource for skill training in the areas of personal adjustment and life-management. There is a healthy household structure that applies to all residents. Beyond this, plans are individualized according to the needs and skills of each person. Contact staff and resident establish a plan-of-action (goals, objectives, needs, time lines, etc) for initial stabilization phase (1-3 months) and for the duration of residency.
The program allows for residency up to 12 months. Payment for room and board is no more than 30% of income. As residents become more stable and begin education/training or employment, continued emphasis is placed on budgeting and saving for post-departure. Each woman is encouraged to establish a support system within the broader community--case managers help residents gain the ability to identify and access community resources. An awareness of the spiritual dimension within each person is encouraged, not mandatory. Staff members network with many other community agencies and programs to successfully connect residents with appropriate services and avoid duplication of services.
Miryam's House provides ongoing support for residents beyond their time at Miryam's House through an aftercare program referred to as the Alum program. We have been offering this program to women who are unsuccessful in our program, as well as those who depart successfully, to help them maintain or achieve stability. The alumnae program includes 1-1 case management, support groups, and socialization activities.
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