MIRIAMS HOUSE LYNCHBURG, VA
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Homeless & Housing
Location: 409 Magnolia St Lynchburg VA 24503 USA
Results: Miriam’s House has a 16 year history of successfully providing transitional housing for Lynchburg and the surrounding areas. Our facility has eleven units (2 one bedroom units, 8 two bedroom units and 1 three bedroom unit) with a total of 31 beds. We can house single women and women with up to three children.
Target demographics: MH is the only long-term transitional living facility for homeless women and children in the Central Virginia area. Our population includes women in substance abuse recovery, women with severe mental health issues, those whom are considered “indigent” (living below the poverty line), have HIV/AIDS, and domestic violence survivors.
Programs: The organizational program capacity is as follows. Our staffing includes an Executive Director, Clinical Director, Social Worker, Office Manager, Children’s Program Coordinator and relief staff. The Executive Director oversees day to day operations and has her Master of social Work. The Clinical Director is an MSW as well and has been with Miriam’s House for ten years. Both our directors possess vast experience (combined over 30 years worth) in working with individuals in substance abuse recovery, mental illness and domestic violence. Our residents’ social worker is completing her MSW and has four years of experience with substance abuse and mental illness. The Children’s Program Coordinator has her teaching certificate in elementary education.
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Over the past two years, Miriam's House has dramatically changed the clinical program in order to serve more homeless women and children in our community. The primary way in which this has been accomplished is through shortening our length of stay from 24 to 3-6 months. Our goal for each woman is that she will attain permanent housing within three months of admission to our program. Our success rate of 80% of families moving into permanent housing is higher than the average rate of 55% (rate was acquired through a national study facilitated by the National Alliance in End Homelessness).
We have added an Aftercare Support Group for the women who leave Miriam's House and attain permanent housing. This group meets each month and is completely voluntary for our 'graduates'. It is facilitated by staff but draws largely on the experiences of the participants as they share successes and challenges with one another.
Having completed my first year of board service, I have been impressed with the ability of Miriam's House to respond to change. The organization remains true to the vision of our founders while changing the clinical model to better empower women to care for themselves and their children.
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