Service at our Core…
Through our Core Programs, Loaves and Fishes provides support for homeless individuals and families. With these programs, we seek to empower clients to improve their financial security and establish stable homes.
Our Emergency Shelter provides immediate assistance to families (with children) who without our assistance would be living on the streets, in a car or other place not meant for human dwelling. With our help, families will begin their journey toward self-sufficiency. This includes client-centered housing plans that are goal-oriented, trackable, and supported through life skills, parenting classes, peer support, addiction/recovery support, mental health evaluations and links to mainstream resources. Our primary focus for children is educational enrollment, meeting nutritional needs, counseling services and creating programming that promotes family unity and bonding. Children need stability; it is our goal to end homelessness quickly, getting children into a stable home life where they can grow and learn without the stigmatization that often comes with homelessness.
Our Educational Program has been instrumental in providing clients with educational assistance that impacts their family and housing. These classes are designed to give our families the tools and support they need to communicate more effectively, make informed decisions, set and achieve goals, problem solve, resolve conflict, manage their finances, and care for their children.
a. Life Skill classes emphasize gaining and maintaining employment. Since the introduction of this class two years ago, we have seen a 10% increase in clients who obtain housing.
b. Parenting classes help our clients with handling the pressures of being a homeless parent. This may include stress reduction techniques, coping skills and alternative approaches to child discipline.
c. Financial literacy classes provide clients with skills they need to make informed and effective decisions in the area of finances. This includes understanding banking and managing a checking account.
The Food Panty distributes food five days a week to low-income and homeless families and individuals. Patrons of our food pantry not only receive canned and dried goods but also fresh produce, meat, milk and other natural low-fat food items. By utilizing our pantry services, struggling families can shift financial resources to other areas of need like rent and utilities.
Our Bridge Program helps local veterans by providing an interim place to stay while they wait for other housing to become available. During their stay, veterans also have access to food, hygiene, laundry facilities and links to mainstream resources that will be critical after they move into their own home.