CITY OF REFUGE INC Overview
Programs: The City of Atlanta has more homeless women with children than beds are available for them to use. Families have been forced to sleep on the floor of shelters and outside. City of Refuge has partnered with the City of Atlanta to help alleviate this problem. Restoring lives, redeeming women and returning families home is the mission of Eden Village at City of Refuge, a unique haven for homeless women and children in Atlanta, Georgia. Eden Village opened its doors in December 2008 and is experiencing full capacity serving 40 women and 82 children. The women and children who come to Eden Village are referred by Gateway 24/7 to Fulton County and then Fulton County completes the intake process, City of Refuge accepts the families who pass Fulton County's admission criteria. The criteria screens for families who are ready to accept the responsibility of changing behavior to achieve the goal of permanent housing. Eden Village’s exceptional facilities and intense support services include:
- 40 individual hotel style units
- Indoor playground
- Child care facility managed by City of Refuge partner Feed My Lambs, Inc.
- 5 Case workers overseeing the mental health needs and substance abuse treatment programs
- Three meals a day are provided by City of Refuge’s 180 Degree Kitchen
- Classes include: Life skills training, job training, GED classes, job placement, cooking classes, anger management and exercise classes.
- Security, Utilities, Insurance
- 24/7 house management staffing
The Eden Village program lasts for 120 days at which time each family who successfully completes the program will be given assistance with apartment rental, furniture and utilities for an additional 90 days. A great emphasis is placed on locating the cause of homelessness. Whether the root of the problem is lack of education, job training, anger management or substance abuse, our program focuses on working with the women individually to provide the needed resources to solve that issue. The goal is to move the women and children from homelessness to a personal residence in seven months.
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