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’ Comprehensive Service Model includes counseling, safety planning, economic rebuilding and 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. Doorways also advocates on behalf of those we serve to create political and economic solutions to the root causes of violence, poverty and family homelessness.
Upon entry to one of Doorways’ shelters or housing program, each family is assessed for immediate and long-term needs, and goal plans are established for enhancing skills and strengths, as well as reducng barriers to long-term safety and stability. Each family works with a primary Client Services Counselor (case manger) to help coordinate services and ultimately reach goals towards self-sufficiency. Read More about our Trauma-Informed Goal Planning and Counseling Services.
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. Read more about our Children’s Services.
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. Read more about FIT.
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. Read more about Pathways for Youth.