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, productive futures.
Phase 1 - Introduction
Phase 1 is devoted to introducing women and children to the Laura’s Home program and live-in accommodations. It is here that staff begins to engage the women through introductory crisis support groups.
Phase 2 - Stabilization
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.
Phase 3 - Re-entry
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.
Like Dawn, featured in the video above, each of the women who come to Laura's Home are as unique as the circumstances that have brought them to us. The generous support of volunteers, donors, and community partners allows us to provide life transformation for these families that is personal to their particular needs.
In February, 2012, we added 22 beds to meet the continuing need for safe shelter for the growing numbers of homeless women and children that had created spikes up to 129 people on a night. This addition brings our total to 157 beds in 53 rooms.
Last year: Laura’s Home provided 67,350 meals and 47,409 nights of shelter to 669 women and 482 children in crisis. We helped 156 women and 149 children as they worked through our life changing program.
Father Absence is Key Issue for Men, Women and Children in Crisis
No father is perfect, however, the absence of a father, either physically or emotionally, is the single most significant predictor of developmental problems in a child’s life.
Learn more about Father Absence
For more information contact:
Joy Trachsel, Laura's Home Women Crisis Center Manager