PROVIDENCE HOUSEShreveport, LA
The singular aim of Providence House is to break the homeless cycle one family at a time. Our mission statement speaks to what we believe and is the underlying motivation for all that we do at Providence House. The Lord who created you says: “fear not, I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1 Providence House is a ministry called to live out God’s gracious intention, sovereign purpose and steadfast love for each and every person. In providing shelter, care, support and encourage for families in need, we seek to be a visible sign and instrument of God’s own provision for all of God’s children. Providence House is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Louisiana and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Categories Education, youth development, training, and employment Workforce training and employment Vocational secondary education Vocational post-secondary education Youth intervention (at-risk) programs Human services, food, housing & emergency aid Basic and emergency aid Family services Child Welfare Housing and shelter Temporary accomodations Human services, N.E.C. Child abuse Mortgage and consumer finance Children and youth Prenatal, infants and toddlers (under 4) Children and Preteens (4-12) Adolescents (13-17) Families (includes non-traditional and families of choice) Children of LGBT parents Family Counseling Child Day Care Homeless shelters Homeless services
For more than 28 years, Providence House has been in the forefront of helping homeless families with children overcome the causes of homelessness, including lack of affordable housing, extreme poverty, and unemployment, through its proven service-delivery model. We require accountability and responsibility from both the families and ourselves in overcoming these obstacles and achieving our shared goals. Since 1993 we have served 4803 families, a total of 15, 987 people that included 9840 children and 5,824 adults providing more than 1,530,195 nights of shelter and a program to ultimately break the cycle of homelessness. Providence house was established to provide housing, supportive services, training, employment and opportunities for homeless families with children to break the cycle of homelessness.
THE PROVIDENCE HOUSE SYSTEM OF CARE CHART that follows shows how families move through the program from dependence to independence and self-sufficiency. The chart indicates the order in which events occur, and lists the services provided by Providence House staff, as well as through collaboration with other local agencies. Homeless families with children can remain in the Providence House program for up to two years in order to reach graduation. Readiness is based on each family’s situation. Adults must be working full-time or in school full-time or a combination of the two, after an initial grace period, in order to be in the Providence House program. STEP1: Outreach: 365 days 1) Providence House receives calls for shelter every day. 2) Receives referrals and coordinates with other shelters. STEP 2: Emergency Shelter: Lasts approximately 30 to 90 days 1) Intake, assessment, stabilization 2) Provide all necessities for the family 3) Family begins working the initial program 4) Stable and proven ability to work program determined STEP 3: Project Next Step: Off-site Apartment Program; 1) Apartments are leased on the basis of the families potential earning power at graduation (affordable or unsubsidized) 2) Apartments are furnished with donated items 3) Families continue to work the program in a realistic environment until they are ready to graduate. STEP 4: Permanent Housing at Graduation: No time limit 1) When families graduate from Providence House, the lease and all furnishings transfer to the family 2) The families receive their resettlement and graduation funds 3) The families remain stable in their housing and neighborhood STEP 5: Follow-Up of Graduates 1. Providence House continues follow-up to determine success annually
When families graduate from the Providence House program, they have been drug and alcohol-free for a substantial period of time, and the parents have demonstrated their commitment to permanent self-sufficiency by: *Reaching their highest level of education possible which could include a high school diploma, GED, or a degree or certificate from an accredited local institution; *Working at their highest level of ability, full-time, for 90 days; *Completing a behavior modification program that is foundation for successful living through routines and accountability. *Complete training in life shills that increases the potential for successful living; *Saving 50% of their income and maintaining two budgets; *Securing housing and furnishings to begin their new life.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER: the only center in Louisiana exclusively serving homeless children. If the cycle of homelessness is to be broken, early childhood development is critical. The Providence House Child Development Center is the exclusive “Class A” licensed facility serving homeless children in Louisiana. The Center provided nurturing and on-site services approximately 100 children annually. It is designed to meet the emotional, psychological and developmental needs of each of the children enrolled, from birth to age 5. Additionally, it allows parents time to pursue their self-sufficiency plans, knowing that their children are in a stable and loving environment.
PROJECT NEXT STEP (the final step before graduation and home for good) Once our families have become stabilized in the main shelter, they move from this facility to neighborhoods in Shreveport and Bossier City. Project Next Step (PNS) families select one of two tracks based on their projected earning potential at graduation (completion of the program). One track is for families who will not need rental assistance and the other is for families who will need subsidized or affordable housing. These families add to the stability and quality of life in their new neighborhoods and demonstrate to others what people can do to help themselves through education and hard work. Once these families graduate from the Providence House Program, the rental leases, which Providence House initially holds, are converted to the clients’ name, so that they may continue to live successfully in these neighborhoods.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE MEET TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS: • Donation program to provide furniture and all personal items • Volunteer program to provide support for families • Daily meals • Drug testing for adults and some children (initial & random) • Project Next Step Apartment site program • Group Counseling (children, adults, and families) • Addiction counseling • Children’s educational program • After-school tutoring program • Children’s recreational and summer program • Child Development Center program (childcare) • Behavior Modification program • Educational program for adults (Working to Learn) • Employment program for adults • Life Skills training for adults includes: parenting, budgeting, résumé preparation, how to fill out job applications, interviewing, computer literacy, nutrition, etc. • Family Literacy program • Pathways to Success program for adults (initial stabilization) • Transportation program (donated cars & bus tokens) • Literacy and vocational testing • Budgeting • Resettlement program (savings) • Housing program (leasing and permanent) • Follow-up program for graduates • Development program to ensure financial support • Board strategic plan and annual goals to support the activities of the program
The program measures its success ultimately by the number, frequency and continued success rate of families graduating from the program. 2014 SUCCESS RATE/ECONOMIC IMPACT: Since 1993, 420 families (466 adults and 883 children) have graduated from the Providence House program. We are in touch with 185 families, which include 202 adults and 447 children. For the families with who we are in touch: 92% are living successfully; 89% are working full time; 4% are in full-time education; 95% are living in unsubsidized or regular housing 34% are off public assistance 37% no longer receive food stamps 96% are drug free 100% of the school-age children are still in school or have graduated from high school
814 COTTON ST
Shreveport, LA 71101
Outside Eligible: Yes
Requirements: visit our website: www.theprovidencehouse.com
Intake procedures: visit our website: www.theprovidencehouse.com
Public Transportation: Yes
Goods & Services
You can help Providence House tremendously by donating in-kind goods or services. Our donation center is located behind Providence House and is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. These items are not in our annual budget: Toilet Tissue Paper Towels Diapers (large sizes) Pull-Ups Feminine Hygiene Products First-Aid Supplies Over-The-Counter Medicine Plastic Grocery Bags Trash Bags (13 & 55 Gal) Mops Brooms
Meal Server: We served approximately 50,000 meals in 2016. You can provide a meal for our families or serve the meal we prepare. Homework Helper: Assist our school-age children with their homework (not necessary to be a teacher) on Monday afternoons, 4 pm -5 pm Find more ways to help homeless families at http://theprovidencehouse.com/volunteer/opportunities/