Shelter- and Housing-Based Support
“Housing is essential to ending homelessness, but it is not sufficient,” reports the Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. “Families need basic supports beyond decent affordable housing to thrive: food, education, employment, child care, transportation, health and mental health care, trauma-informed care, and children’s services.”
Comprehensive Support Services
The impacts of extreme poverty or trauma are not simply undone by a safe night’s rest. Doorways’ services include counseling, safety planning, economic empowerment, and targeted children’s interventions – so that when a person or family comes to Doorways, they have the tools to recover from hardship and can begin to build a stable future. Our team of licensed counselors, social workers, and staff does whatever it takes to put our clients on their path to a brighter future.
Upon entry at Doorways, we assess each client’s immediate and long-term needs, and help create goal plans focused on their skills and strengths, as well as reducing barriers to their long-term safety and stability. Each client works with a primary case manager, a Client Services Counselor, to help coordinate services and ultimately reach goals towards self-sufficiency. Learn more.
More than 50 percent of Doorways’ clients are children, and often times they have witness or experienced significant trauma, and endured life-long instability. Our Children’s Services team work individually with each child and parent to help address trauma, start the healing process, strengthen healthy routines and behaviors and maintain family integrity. Learn more
Adult clients often enter our programs with a history of financial abuse or long-term instability that may include poor credit or a history of evictions and underemployment. Addressing these barriers is critical to long-term stability. Each adult works directly with a financial counselor to learn the basics of money management, credit and debt reduction, savings and spending. Learn more.
Through our Pathways for Youth Service Model, Doorways provides youth and young families who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness with trauma-informed care and developmentally targeted services to address life-skills development and complex trauma needs. Through Pathways for Youth, we address the needs of transition-aged youth (18-24 years of age) and young families across Doorways’ emergency shelter and housing programs. Learn more.