Urban Ministries opened Safe Place Family Transitional Center in 2017, to house up to four homeless families with children and assist them with transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Each family has their own room, complete with private bathrooms.
Safe Place is fully equipped to meet the needs of families with laundry facilities, a computer lab, and meeting room. The center features common shared spaces including a living room, fully equipped kitchen, and children’s playroom.
Upon entering the facility, each family will begin working with a case manager who will identify their unique needs. Our case managers assist our families with finding employment, and with financial management counseling, in addition to assistance securing community resources like Food Stamps, financial assistance with daycare expenses, and medical insurance.
Becoming homeless, especially with children, is a stressful, often anxiety filled experience. To help our families cope with the many emotions surrounding their situation, Safe Place offers free counseling with a licensed clinical social worker. Volunteers provide support to the children with tutoring during the school year, and by engaging in activities like baking and arts and crafts programs.
Once a family is ready to move into a permanent home, their case manager will help them craft a budget, then find affordable housing that complements their income. Families are also provided a “move-in package” to assist with basic needs like cleaning products and personal hygiene. As donations allow, they may even receive furnishings for their new home.
Safe Place is manned 24/7 by staff and volunteers and is funded by grants and donations.