At Leading Families Home, we believe in creating stability for our Shelter Participants in order to help them maintain permanent housing once they’ve transitioned from homelessness.
We do this in a number of ways, including financial education, case management support, and housing.
When our Participants first come to Beach House Family Shelter, it is because they lack an adequate nighttime residence – in other words, they have no home. Our goal at Beach House Family Shelter is to help them transition from homelessness to permanent housing.
We do this by first providing a safe, clean shelter for them. Once our Participants have a place to live, they can focus on other things. They don’t have to worry about having a safe place for their children to sleep – and this gives them the freedom to branch out and create a better life for themselves.
Once in Shelter, our Participants engage in programs to help them improve their lives. This includes education in health, finance, and parenting skills. Knowledge increases our Participants’ self-esteem and confidence, which helps them take risks like finding a job.
Each Participant at our Shelter also receives case management and support. This means that an individual employed by Leading Families Home is assigned to help the Participant. This individual is there for the Participant throughout his or her time at Beach House Family Shelter and beyond. The case manager is there to offer guidance, encouragement, and support.
The case manager also helps his or her Participants to transition to permanent housing. Although many of our Participants search for and find an appropriate place to live, the case manager is there to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Usually a Participant stays at our shelter for 30 days or less. At the end of this time, most Participants have found a housing unit and have signed a lease. Case managers stay in touch with Participants once they move into their new home. The case manager is there to ensure the lease is valid and fair. They help if any disputes with a landlord arise.
Our program works because it addresses the need for housing first. Once a Participant has housing, he or she can focus on creating a good life for themselves and their families.
Does it work? Yes, and we have proof.
Over the years, several former Participants have stayed in their unit for several years after they’ve exited our program at Leading Families Home. This means that they’re able to pay their entire rent on their own.
Many times, the landlord we’ve worked with to house our Participants tellls us how grateful they are for our program. Often, they even inquire about putting another Participant in the same unit.
Our agency feels that housing is the foundation for success, and this confirms that our former Participants were able to maintain their housing through creating enough income every month to pay rent, along with utilities and other regular expenses.
I don’t think this can be understated: our very goal is to help transition our Participants to stability in their lives, and these stories are confirmation of success.
You Can Change a Life
For our current and future Participants, the need for comprehensive services continues to grow. To meet that need, we have big plans. And big plans call for big dollars. We need your help. Will you partner with us to meet the needs of our community? You can give by PayPal, or by mailing a check to Leading Families Home, 2910 W. Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43606.
Thank you for always being faithful partners in our mission — helping families transition from homelessness to permanent housing. Together we’ve got this.
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Leading Families Home is based in Toledo, Ohio. We are dedicated to fighting homelessness in our community – and we’d love your help! Please consider supporting our organization in one of the following ways:
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Mail your check to the following address:
Leading Families Home
2283 Ashland Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604
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