Dayspring Center Emergency Shelter
Dayspring Center operates 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Families seeking assistance at our emergency shelter are typically at a crisis stage, and require the compassionate care and support of our case management team. While the bare necessities of food, clothing and shelter are of critical importance to Dayspring residents, we realize we have to do more to break the cycle of homelessness. At Dayspring, we provide families devastated by homelessness the tools and resources they need to become an independent family again. With this goal in mind, Dayspring’s experienced case managers work with each family to develop a plan to help them address the underlying issues of their homelessness. When families are stabilized and ready to leave the emergency shelter facility, our services continue through the Follow-up Case Management program.
Follow-up Case Management
Follow-up Case Management’s (FCM) overall goal is to further stabilize families and help them remain housed after leaving the intensive support system provided in the emergency shelter, as well as transitional housing. Statistics show that 45%-50% of formerly homeless families, who are without some form of supportive services, are likely to be back in a local shelter within 3 months. During the first 6-9 months a family has obtained housing, the Follow-up Case Manager provides critical intervention at the first sign of a setback. Home visits are regularly conducted, offering objective guidance and a link to necessary services. Since its introduction in 2004, the FCM program has shown to significantly increase the number of formerly homeless families able to sustain housing one year after exiting an emergency shelter.
Residents of Wellspring Cottage are families that have graduated from an emergency shelter program, who need extra time to address more deeply rooted issues that led to their homelessness. For example, drug addiction, insufficient skills, large debt, or lack of education. The 2-year transitional housing program can house 12 homeless families each year in apartment-like dwellings. Supportive services are provided to residents with one on-site, full-time case manager. Each family is assisted with developing a realistic budget, a debt-reduction plan and learning how to remain permanently housed after leaving the program. An active after-school program is on-site for children, and a wide-range of assistance for employment and education for adults.
Meeting the Needs of Homeless Children – The Children’s Services Program
Homelessness hurts, especially the children! Homeless children are not simply at risk; many are slow to develop the cognitive, social and behavioral skills they need to realize their full potential. We recognize addressing the needs of homeless children today requires more than just warm meals, a safe place to sleep and returning to school. Without the intervention of intensive support services at this young age, homelss children are less likely to acquire the tools they need to reach their full potential and avoid the path of poverty in their future. For this reason, the Children’s Services Program (CSP) was established in 2011. The program is an extension of Dayspring’s core services, only tailored to children. Children meet regularly with the CSP Director and are thoroughly assessed for their physical and emotional health. Conditions and circumstances impeding their physical, behavioral and/or cognitive development are flagged as “areas of concern” and addressed with individualized attention and/or services for up to six months, if needed. In addition, children’s programming includes weekday after-school tutoring, weekly arts and crafts gatherings, birthday celebrations and a 6-week summer camp program, Camp Discovery. The Children’s Services Program provides a more intensive approach to help children cope and overcome the adverse effects of their family’s homelessness.