The Ark

Our Staff is on site 24/7/365.

Staff are truly dedicated in providing guidance to those in need in our community.  We could not do it without your help and support.

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2018 Stats

105
Guests Served
78 Adults
27 Children
25 Families
 53 Single Women
$178,924
Total
Operating Income
$2,475
Cost-per-person
$170,397
Total
Operating Expenses

Empowerment: Creates Hope and Change

Staff works with each guest to develop a plan and way to move forward in housing, jobs/income, medical, substance abuse, transportation, and childcare.

1.  First Mission when a guest enters The ARK:  Housing Referrals

Our number one goal is to make referrals to secure a sustainable future housing situation for each guest.  Disability housing, low income housing prove most challenging to fulfill

2.  Job Referrals

Many of our guests are able to get jobs within the community at restaurants, candle corporation, through Workforce and Goodwill Career Connections.  Transportation becomes a major obstacle in work-related issues.

3.  Finance/Budget Requirements for Guests

We require all guests to give us 1/2 their income for their savings.  In turn, we deposit into a guest savings account and as they depart/graduate, receive all of their saved earnings.  This is an invaluable lesson in life.  It teaches them the power of living within your means and saving funds for future needs.  We also have Briana, WoodForest Bank, who leads a Budget/Finance program at The ARK on a weekly basis.  She works with them in a group setting and also deals with one on one issues to help.  Thank you Briana!

4.  Progress Reports

Guests work on their weekly progress report on the weekends. Staff will review with the guests to see how or what progress they have made to move forward in a self sustaining situation.  Staff ensures guests are working on income, housing, medical issues, finance issues and moving in a positive, forward direction.

Services

Transportation​

YVEDDI has been a huge help for guests transportation. Many guests are fortunate to have their own transportation, but for most, they can use YVEDDI bus transport.  Completing the application process is the first step in securing transportation.

Mental Health Counseling

Referrals are made for counseling with or through Grace Clinic.  For one on one counseling we use AA, Daymark as well as local counselors.

Medical Referrals

GRACE Clinic is a huge blessing to our community.  Most of our guests are either on medicaid or use Grace Clinic for medical needs. We are working on funding for dental/vision issues.

Education and Training Referrals

We make referrals for guests who would like to get their GED or continue education and/or training to increase their knowledge and salary. We have had 3 children and one adult who has recently received tutoring for Math.  Thank you Brandi!  We also have one guest who is currently working on her CNA certificate.  We are grateful for foundation funds to provide education and tutoring.

Parenting Program

We have a parenting class once a week from a local agency.​  They work through issues that families may have with their skills in parenting.  We require school age children...to be in school.

Social Services Referrals

We are in constant contact with the local Department of Social Services.  These issues are critical for the community we serve.

"Like the Biblical namesake, "The ARK" has saved needy" families from

the flood waters of despair and homelessness; riding the rough waves

to the high ground of self-reliance and independence."

 

Tribune Editorial

April 14, 1999​​

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