For women and children, we are a bridge from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency. At Laura’s Home, our 3-phase program offers an array of services geared at preparing women and children for positive and productive futures.
Phase 1 is devoted to introducing women and children to the Laura’s Home program and live-in accommodations. It is here that staff begin to engage the women through introductory crisis support groups.
Women committed to participating in the full program are assigned case workers and individualized program plans. Onsite childcare is provided by staff so the mothers can fully embrace the program offerings. Laura’s Home staff works closely with each woman to develop feasible steps and goals for accessing resources and future housing. They are provided with clinical counseling and group therapy necessary to combat histories of trauma and mental health. Women are equipped to attain competitive employment through the on-site adult education components, vocational training programs and collaborative community internships. Women are engaged spiritually through local church involvement, support groups, Bible classes and chapel services.
Women who complete the program are prepared to transition into employment and safe, independent housing. This final phase is dedicated to job search and securing housing options. Many women are deterred from self-sufficiency due to crippling financial debt. The City Mission offers its Living Free Program to clients who wish to minimize, or entirely eliminate such debt. Women may continue to reside at Laura’s Home until their entire debt is repaid.