Vine Maple Place utilizes a unique and innovative approach to meet the needs of homeless families. Recognizing that there is a path that leads to homelessness, we strive to meet families wherever they are in their crisis, toxic stress and trauma. As a team, parents, volunteers and staff work collaboratively to implement a custom action plan that emphasizes each family members’ strengths, assets and challenges.
Vine Maple Place’s Stable Families Program provides:
1. Housing Stability – We work with families that are currently homeless or facing eviction. Housing solutions include temporary on-site emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, emergency assistance funds and ongoing rental assistance while families build skills and heal. Vine Maple Place partners with over 20 local landlords to address housing needs.
2. Financial Skills Education – Interactive hands-on group workshops focus on money management and budget building. Parents learn to establish a bank account, reduce debt, create a budget and improve their credit rating. Ongoing one-on-one financial coaching with a trained volunteer is provided to help families with specific planning around financial issues.
3. Employment and Livable-wage Development – Adults are provided training and support services focused on growing toward full-time livable-wage employment in order to stabilize their financial situation and foster long-term stable housing and economic self-sufficiency. Employment services help parents prepare, obtain and retain a job with livable wages, benefits,and potential for advancement.
4. Life Skills – Parenting classes and relationship boundaries training helps parents establish a nurturing home for their children. Classes are facilitated by counselors and emphasize parent/child bonding, healthy relationships, child and youth healing, self-advocacy and personal development.
5. Counseling – Homelessness is emotionally devastating and families suffer from acute anxiety, depression and PTSD. The constant toxic stress takes a severe toll on the family’s mental health. 70% of the families are running from or have witnessed domestic violence. Three on-site counselors from Nexus Youth and Families provide mental health services to parents and children.
6. Child and Youth Program – Our trauma-informed program focuses on family relationships, academic support, mental health, physical health and personal safety. Children are provided with tools to help build coping skills, strengthen interpersonal relationships, develop positive identity and build self-esteem. Mental health care is combined with age-appropriate social development groups, mentoring and tutoring to promote healthy and positive outcomes.