The Role Transitional Housing Plays in Helping Residents Move Forward
When a victim of domestic or sexual abuse arrives at a shelter, they receive immediate assistance and support for creating a new chapter of their lives. Both practical and emotional needs are met in a variety of ways, but by the time a resident has reached the maximum number of days for stay at the shelter, they often aren’t yet matched with a permanent residence. Transitional housing fills the gap, continuing the support that residents need in order to move forward.
There are a number of benefits to transitional housing including:
Improved health: Residents benefit from stable housing and receive referrals to medical services as needed. There is a fitness center on site as well as monthly health challenges. Groups are sometimes focused on health topics such as nutrition, sexually transmitted diseases and drug-related diseases.
Substance abuse recovery: Transitional housing facilities can help connect residents with the resources they need for rehabilitation care. They can also connect residents with people they can talk to throughout this journey.
Employment assistance: Residents in transitional housing often have a desire for job skills training. Transitional housing gives them time to prepare for obtaining permanent employment and can include things like assistance in writing a resume and access to clothing appropriate for an interview. Since the purpose of transitional housing is to transition residents into a permanent home, and employment is necessary for securing a permanent home, employment assistance can play a critical role during time spent in transitional housing.
Hope and self-esteem: The most important benefit offered through transitional housing is the belief that life in the future will be better. Residents are supported and encouraged as they begin to visualize their lives of independence.
YWCA St. Joseph Bliss Manor Housing Program
Bliss Manor offers residents long-term accommodations while they achieve residential stability and break what is often a long cycle of homelessness. In a supportive atmosphere, residents of Bliss Manor gain self-sufficiency over a one- to two-year period of time.
Many women who arrive at the Shelter for Homeless and Abused Women and Children struggle to find employment within the 60-90 day timeframe that is the typical stay at the shelter. Bliss Manor offers a solution that provides housing and a supportive environment for pursuing permanent residential solutions.
To learn more about Bliss Manor or the other programs of Victim Services at YWCA St. Joseph, contact us today. There are volunteer and donation opportunities for those who would like to further the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women in our community.