Families need our help.
“People need to know people care about them.”
–David Watson, volunteer
Touted as the first program of its kind in Louisville, Volunteers of America’s VOA Home provides individualized care and goal-setting with families facing homelessness.
The program provides safe, decent emergency shelter for families who become homeless due to a wide range of factors, including eviction, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, unemployment or underemployment, lack of affordable housing, and lack of money management and/or life skills. Often times it is a complex mixture of these factors that lead to homelessness.
In an effort to address the immediate needs, VOA Home’s Unity House provides food, housing, and safety. Once clients are stabilized, a case manager completes a customized comprehensive assessment of the family’s strengths and needs in the areas of housing, employment, education, physical and mental health, substance abuse, child-related issues, finances, and support services. This information is used to engage the family in planning for self-sufficiency.
Building on strengths, VOA Home staff works with families to develop a specific plan with short-term and long-term goals for ending homelessness and returning to self-sufficiency.