53 Single Women
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.
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.
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.
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.