What Services Do We Provide?
Along with food, shelter, emergency clothing and necessities, the Center provides:
- 24 hour telephone counseling for all people in need
- Emotional support and counseling in-house
- Support and guidance while you determine your goals, options and choices
- A trained child-care worker to help support your child(ren) through this period of crisis
- Information on many topics and referrals to other agencies
- Outreach services to help support you once you become independent
SHELTER AFTER CARE AND SUPPORT PROGRAM
The goal of the After Care & Support Program is to support abused women and their children as they develop independence and a healthy lifestyle, free from family violence. The areas of service offered include safety planning, developing a plan for housing and income, working on life skills, parenting and childcare, addressing emotional support needs, self-care, and physical needs, providing education on abuse and family violence, and assistance with building a support system. These areas are described in more detail inside this brochure. If you feel you would like more information or support in any of these areas, please take the time to fill in the checklist and include the form with your exit survey.
Complete a safety plan that you can use if you feel you or your children may be at risk.
Learn what precautions you and your children can take when at home, out in the community, and on the Internet.
If you are in a temporary living situation, learn what your options are for housing, and how to go about securing a place to live
If you have no source of income, learn what your options are for developing one, including the possibility of financial assistance, employment, or child support.
Develop a budget designed to work for you, to help you feel in control of your finances.
Identify areas you would like help in, such as setting up a household routine and menu planning.
Receive support and assistance to choose a method of childcare for your family when you are at school or work. Get help with parenting tips and support. Learn how family violence affects your children.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT NEEDS,SELF-CARE, PHYSICAL NEEDS
Receive emotional support, help with goal setting, work on your self-esteem, learn about boundaries, and referrals.
EDUCATION ON ABUSE AND FAMILY VIOLENCE
Receive one-to-one sessions on what abuse is, how it affects your life, and what you can do about it. Learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, and what the cycle of violence is.
BUILDING A SUPPORT SYSTEM
Identify the supports you have now, and work toward building social and community supports that provide for your specific needs. Receive advocacy from the Follow-up worker when needed and appropriate.
Child Support Program
Welcome to the Child Support Program. I want to let you know that while you are staying at the shelter, I am here for you and your children. My role is to support you and your children as you take the steps to heal from the issues that brought you here.
I am available for you to talk to when you have concerns about your children, or you want to discuss parenting ideas. I will work with you, your children, and all of you as a group to help you reach your parenting goals.
I am here to help your children feel safe, help them feel like they belong and be a special friend to them. I will spend time with them doing activities, talking, playing and teaching.
One of the first things I do is work on building trust with each child. I pay attention to the child’s willingness to participate or talk with me.
Often, this happens during play. I approach the children at their level of maturity, not will the mindset of how they should be behaving at their age. One of the areas I work on is feelings. I have several approaches:
- Listening to the child play, asking questions about what is happening with their doll, animal etc.
- Using a book on feelings, where the child works along coloring in areas where they feel angry, scared or other emotions.
- When the children draw or paint, they often proceed to explain their pictures, sometimes telling about their life experiences in the process.
Throughout each day, I also work with the children on social skills and life skills, such as sharing, playing fairly, following rules, listening to their mother, cleaning up and self care.
It is important also that children have lots of time to play freely. The playroom is full of opportunity for activity:
Moms may also take their children out into the backyard to play on the equipment, or in the sandbox.
As the child support worker, I am also here for you. If you have any concerns about your children’s behavior, or you would like to discuss discipline ideas, just let me know. I am here to discuss any of your parenting concerns, and to help you feel more confident in your role as mother. I can provide handouts and instructional information for you on a variety of child or parenting issues. I will also keep you updated on anything I observe with your children, and make suggestions to you if I see a need to.
CHILDCARE is available for when you must attend agency appointments. Please arrange this with me ahead of time to ensure I will be available.
Little Eyes Upon You
There are little eyes upon you
and they're watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do anything you do;
And a little girl who's dreaming
of the day she'll be like you.
You're the little lady's idol,
you're the wisest of the wise.
In her little mind about you
no suspicions ever rise.
She believes in you devoutly,
holds all that you say and do;
She will say and do, in your way,
when she's grown up like you.