The shelter is a dormitory style facility with the capacity to house 98 men, 22 women and 6 families. Many of our beds are open and have no program requirements to stay. However, for those who desire to find employment or are disabled, who are seeking permanent housing and working on their barriers to housing, we have Level 1 program beds available. We also have an Honor Program for clients who have successfully completed Level 1 and are actively working on their barriers to housing. Both the Honor Program and Level 1 program require weekly meetings with their case manager as well as attending a number of education classes that are offered on site and in the community. We encourage our clients to also work on spirituality because we feel that the holistic approach to change is most beneficial. All bed reservations are made through the Single Point Entry which is part of the Coalition for the Homeless. Check in is at 5:15 p.m. for women and 6:00 p.m. for men each night.
We also partner with the YMCA Safe Place Services to provide shelter to young adults ages 18-22 who are working with the Safe Place program. We provide 12 beds each night for young adults. Anyone wanting to be in this program needs to contact the YMCA Safe Place Services.
We have six apartments for households with children. Each apartment has its own kitchenette and bathroom. Meals are provided through the Red Kettle Cafe and check in is determined by the case manager. All bed reservations are made through the Single Point Entry which is part of the Coalition for the Homeless.
RED KETTLE CAFE:
The Red Kettle Cafe provides breakfast and dinner to anyone hungry in the community. Approximately 300 people are fed each day. On Thanksgiving and Christmas, volunteers serve more than 400 people a delicious holiday meal.
Breakfast is served daily from 6:45 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., dinner is served each night for women and children at 4:45 p.m. followed by the men at 5:15 p.m.
CULINARY ARTS TRAINING PROGRAM:
The program is designed to provide an accessible, practical and cost-free training opportunity for homeless and low income men and women who have a passion for cooking. Students are provided 10 weeks of classroom and hands-on kitchen training that leads to living wage employment opportunities and a life of dignity, purpose and self-sufficiency. At the end of the course instruction, students are given an opportunity to apply for an internship in a local restaurant. Interested in enrolling in an upcoming class? click here for more information.
The Salvation Army has two Transitional Housing Programs within the Center of Hope – Transitional Housing for Households with Children and Transitional Housing for Veterans. Transitional Housing offers clients needed help to prepare them for independent living. All clients can stay up to two years in the Transitional Housing program, but the average stay is 6-9 months.
Households with Children:
We have 16 individual apartments for families who qualify for this program. Each head of household must be involved in 30 hours of work or school or a combination of both. Clients meet with case managers at least once a week. Each client receives assistance in developing individual goals. Residents are also required to attend town hall meetings and may be required to attend counseling services and other education classes to prepare them for moving out into their own place. All participants are encouraged to set goals related to spirituality. Clients are required to pay 30% of their income toward a program fee which encourages self-sufficiency and are required to pass weekly apartment inspections. If needed, clients also receive 6 months of management follow-up after they leave the program.
Transitional Housing for Veterans:
Our case managers work with the Veterans Administration to find clients who could benefit from transitional housing. The Center of Hope can house 28 veterans who can stay in this program for up to two years while they work on getting connected to benefits through the VA, work on barriers to housing, and any other issues they might have. Case managers write individual case plans that include one-on-one meetings with the case manager, group meetings, educational classes and spirituality so that each client can successfully transition to independent living.
PATHWAY OF HOPE:
The Pathway of Hope is a holistic, strengths-based approach, where our case managers are partnering with families with children in an effort to assist motivated families in creating lasting change in their lives and the lives of their children. The Salvation Army understands that creating lasting change is not an easy task. It takes more than simply making more money. When clients enroll in Pathway of Hope, case managers will aid them in addressing the underlying root causes that have enabled them to become entrenched in poverty. Case managers and Chaplains will assess the emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual needs of the family, making referrals when appropriate. This holistic approach will ensure that the family has the best possible chance for success and will help break the cycle of poverty in families. The Pathway of Hope program utilizes the numerous community collaborations The Salvation Army already has, while also continuing to build new partnerships with community employers, landlords and social service agencies. The goal of these collaborations is to allow us to provide our families with the resources they need to increase stability and create change.
For more information or assistance, please contact the Center of Hope at 502-671-4904