Beatitude House strives to offer programs with a focus on betterment of the individual through creating of homes, providing educational opportunities and fostering healthy families. Through the empowerment of the individual, women go on to develop their personal education goals to secure and maintain meaningful employment, family stability and continued economic growth.
Our transitional housing program, A House of Blessing, provides a family with a fully furnished apartment for one year, with an opportunity to renew for second year if certain criteria are met, while mothers work on their educational goals. To be eligible, a woman must be homeless according to HUD definition, be willing to attend a full-time educational or career preparation program and be drug and alcohol free for at least one year.
Case manager and counselors meet with the mothers on a regular basis to assist them in overcoming the obstacles they face. The program is designed to empower women — giving them the skills and self-esteem they need to break the cycle of poverty.
Permanent Supportive Housing
In addition to the transitional housing program, Beatitude House also offers a permanent supportive housing program. To be eligible, a woman must be homeless with a documented disability.
Women in this program receive regular home visits from a staff member. A lease agreement is arranged by the woman and, if she becomes able to maintain her life without support from Beatitude House, she may leave the program and keep her housing.
To aid women in reaching their goals, we also offer support services for families including case management, budgeting and time management to maintain stability and prevent housing loss.
Providing Educational Opportunities
Our career and education center, The Potter’s Wheel consists of two distinct programs, Beatitude House Green Clean and Services for English Language Learners.
Beatitude House Green Clean is a worker-owned residential and commercial cleaning business, which allows homeless and low-income women to improve their employability and financially contribute to the support of their families. Services available include onsite job-training, employment opportunities, case management, hands-on work experience, and career counseling.
Services for English Language Learners is an immigrant outreach program assisting foreign-born women with obstacles preventing them from integrating into their new culture and society. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered several days a week, and beyond education, women receive outreach services such as fresh food distribution, assistance with scheduling and transportation to appointments, translation, in-home caseworker visits, access to immigration lawyers, services, and much more.
Fostering Healthy Families
In fostering healthy families, Beatitude House offers programming to teach mothers how to interact in a positive nurturing way with their children, through participation in educational, enrichment and socialization activities. All of this is done in an atmosphere of love and respect to facilitate the best results.
Our Child Advocate works to meet the individual needs of each child. For example, school-aged children are assessed at school to ensure they are provided the services they need for success. If they are lacking in an area of study, a tutor is provided.
Children are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of enrichment activities. From music lessons, to art classes, to attending summer camps or participating on sports teams, Beatitude House strives to provide children with the opportunity to develop into well rounded, confident individuals.