ORIENTATION OBJECTIVES✦ Learn about Congregations for the Homeless and the process of moving a man from homelessness to housing.✦ Have a deeper appreciation for the causes and difficulties of being homeless.✦ Understand how volunteers make a difference.✦ Discover best ways to contribute your time and talents.
MISSIONThe mission of Congregations for the Homeless(CFH) is to help end homelessness in KingCounty.We assist men in successfully transitioning fromhomelessness to permanent housing.We provide: 1. emergency shelter 2. complete case management system and 3. subsidized housing programThese components work together to give a singleman the path to a stable and productive life. Helping men move !om homelessness to housing, one man at a time....
ABOUT CFHAgency of the Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council,Congregations for the Homeless men’s shelter first opened in 1994.In 2005 a case management-life coaching program wasimplemented, helping men move from homelessness topermanent housing.In 2006, subsidized housing was added placing 54 men insubsidized housing, 10 graduated to their own housing.Currently, CFH has 16 staff, and the shelter program increasedhaving access to showers, laundry, haircuts, medical and dentalassistance.
LIVING ON THE STREETSIt is a rough life. The homeless walk the streets, looking for aplace to sleep, stay warm, get a meal.They are exhausted, disoriented, depressed. Homeless areoften filled with shame and self destruction.Once homeless, the road back to stability is long and rockyand impossible to travel alone. 300-500 homeless men andwomen are living on the greater Eastside.
Addictions Mental Health IssuesWHAT CAUSES Physical Disabilities Criminal HistoryHOMELESSNESS? Poor Credit Evictions on record Loss of Job Poor Social Skills Cycles of Poverty Social Service System
Chronic Homeless Off and On Homeless STAYING Newly Homeless Loss of Support HOMELESSNESS Too Tired to Function Well Loss of Stability “The homeless already struggle with the internalmessage that they aren’t worth as much as others. Loss of Stable Hygiene Bring homeless is where they deserve to be.” Increased Vulnerability Loss of Spiritual Community
Moving out of HomelessnessCongregations for the Homeless Integrated ApproachEMERGENCY SHELTER PROGRAMProvides a warm, safe place to sleep, receive hot meals, showers,laundry facilities, clothing donations, haircuts, medical and dentalservices. With basic needs met, men begin to move forward.CASE MANAGEMENT/LIFE COACHINGEach man receives a case manager or life coach upon entering theshelter. Together they work on life skills, addiction recovery,emotional, legal and employment stability.HOUSING PROGRAMSubsidized housing helps men transition from the shelter into stablehousing. Men receive on-going case management/life coaching, jobsand community support.
Success by the Numbers252 men moved into housing since 20062006: 27 men (52%)2007: 44 men (45%)2008: 53 men (51%)2009: 61 men (56%)2010: 68 men (73%)2010MEN SERVED: 127JOBS FOUND: 22MOVED INTO HOUSING: 68 MEN (73%)BED NIGHTS: 10,793MEALS SERVED: 32,379VOLUNTEERS: 3850CASE MANAGEMENT SESSIONS OR HOURS: 3665NURSE SESSIONS: 19DENTAL VAN VISITS: 144 APPOINTMENTS, 432 PROCEDURESMEN TURNED AWAY DUE TO CAPACITY: 80COLD WEATHER SHELTER: 188 INDIVIDUALS, 44/NIGHT (AVERAGE)AVAILABLE RESIDENTIAL UNIT SUBSIDIES: 45
VOLUNTEERS CHANGE LIVES Emergency Shelter Volunteers liaison, meal service clothing donations, shelter sundries bus passes, haircuts Case Management VolunteersOver 3,500 strong, Congregations For attorney/legal assistancethe Homeless volunteers pave the way court/probation specialist nurse/healthcare specialistfor homeless men on the Eastside to dental servicesbreak the cycle of homelessness and physician, psychiatristlead a stable and productive life. Life Coaching Volunteers life coach, career trainers computer technicians Housing/Jobs Volunteers ﬁnancial advisor, job developer housing program assistant Organizational Support communications volunteer grant writer, graphic designer
GUIDING PRINCIPLESCFH Commitment The organization will provide a safe and supportive environment for volunteers. The organization values and promotes an attitude of gratitude.Volunteer Commitment Volunteers will support the CFH mission and keep all matters conﬁdential. Volunteers are to respect the homeless, but not expected to “save” anyone.
WHY VOLUNTEER? Give back to the community Meet new peopleExpress values in a meaningful way Increase knowledge and skills Make a huge difference Change a homeless man’s destiny
BECOME INVOLVED✦ Fill out a volunteer application✦ Decide what volunteer role ﬁts you and your lifestyle✦ Come to a shelter dinner✦ Donate shelter items✦ Donate ﬁnancially✦ Invite your friends to participate in ending homelessness
THANKYOU"Volunteers polish up the rough spots in our communities." Jeﬀerson Award Winner Alice Sandstrom