St John Essay

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St. John Shelter * established in 1985 by St. John’s Lutheran Church to provide emergency shelter for homeless women with children * In 1988, St. John’s Shelter became a public charity, and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization * The Shelter moved out of the church fellowship hall and joined the Loaves and Fishes complex. At Loaves and Fishes, the Shelter was able to provide space for 40 women and children for up to 30 days, with the clients having to leave the shelter during day time hours * In 2004, St. John’s moved to a larger facility and is now able to provide daily 24-hour comprehensive services to homeless women and children for up to 90 days. * St. John’s has implemented a Children’s Program to specifically address the effects of homelessness on children. The Children’s Program offers and after-school program, as well as targeted, one-on-one tutoring services to every child. The Program ensures that every school age child is placed in school and that he or she has an individualized learning program to assist them in their schooling. GOALLLL TODAY< 90-day program focused on reintegrating homeless women with children into our community as self-sufficient and productive citizens. The program is rooted in one-on-one case management and provides comprehensive services to its residents. Residents develop a Progress Plan with weekly and monthly goals, as well as community service requirements. Residents are also required to attend weekly classes and workshops on topics such as job skills and training, parenting, fitness and nutrition, budgeting and financial management, basic computer skills, domestic violence counseling, mental health counseling, and drug and alcohol treatments programs. St John’s Shelter also offers a GED training program for its residents and alumnae. St. John’s also offers an After-Care Program, which

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