This week we are inspired by our partner agency, Havenwood, and the success of their transitional housing program. Check out this amazing story of strength and perseverance. It is a true testimony of what happens when you set your mind on succeeding…
Havenwood provides transitional housing to single parent families in NWA who are experiencing crisis that has led to homelessness. The organization assists the residents in moving through crisis towards self-sufficiency. Havenwood’s programming, provides services including individual case management, individual and family therapy, parenting and nutrition education, employment readiness and advancement, financial literacy training, child development education, and personal goal setting.
In December of 2013, a single mother entered Havenwood for the first time. She was alone, desperate and scared. This resident had been incarcerated and her children were currently in foster care because of her addiction to drugs. Because of the mistakes that this mother had made, she faced the possibility of losing permanent custody of her children. Havenwood was her last hope. After meeting with our counselor and our case manager, the mother set some lofty goals for herself. Not only did she want to regain custody of her children, she wanted to purchase a vehicle and begin taking some college classes. She was facing some pretty large barriers but with a fierce determination, this mom decided that she was not going to look back but rather start taking one step at a time to move herself out of the crisis that she was in and move towards self-sufficiency. She began attending weekly group meetings, individual goal setting sessions and biweekly case management sessions. She worked with Havenwood and with DHS to begin a process of reunification.
She worked through Havenwood to attend all her drug court meetings. Eventually she completed drug court and fulfilled all of the requirements that were put on her by the state. She was ready for supervised visits with her children. Havenwood was approved to be a safe place where her supervised visits could happen. Supervised visits became unsupervised visits which became weekend visits which eventually led to complete reunification. Mom and children were back together again and the case was closed. The family continued to grow and heal. Mom is working on completing her second year at NWACC and the children are attending school, participating in sports and in church events.
Because of the support from United Way, Havenwood was able to provide a safe place for this mother to overcome her barriers and to restart her life. The staff at Havenwood continues to walk beside this family and to support them as they have completed the program and are now in an apartment of their own.
If you are interested in helping this program, so that you can assist families just like this to heal and get back on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:
$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:
Provides snacks for 3 children during our weekly life-skills/group curriculum time.
$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:
Provides food for a single mother and her two children through Havenwood’s food pantry.
$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:
Provides case management and individual counseling for one family per month while residing at Havenwood.