I came to Homestart after fleeing a bad relationship. I came here with my 13 year old daughter and myself. I had just gained custody of my daughter back. My credit was bad, and I had no vehicle or driver's license. I didn't have a job. I also had a medical condition which temporarily paralysed 1/2 my face. Homestart wouldn't let me feel sorry for myself. They gave me 30 days to find a job. I had to apply to 10 per day. I cried myself to sleep for the first week. Luckily, they also had a therapist for myself and my daughter.
Homestart sent me to apply for Calworks, foodstamps and medi-cal. I enrolled my daughter in school. Things settled down. It was safe place to stay. They didn't coddle me. I had chores everyday. There was a curfew. They DO have a lot of rules. It is a hard program. Some rules are based on the individual clients. Every client had their own individualised program designed by a case manager. Random drug testing was required. Getting a job was not optional. I had to turn over ALL of my income as soon as I received it. Homestart budgeted my money. They told me what food I could buy (no sodas! no junk!) They paid down my outstanding bills with the money I gave them.
Many clients came and went while we were there for various reasons. Many didn't want to follow the rules. Many just wanted to get hand-outs without doing the work to better themselves. Some were using drugs and were immediately exited. This made me feel safe. My daughter got school clothes, tutoring, school supplies, backpacks. They checked her grades.
I moved into my own apartment after a year living at Homestart!!!! Yes I am a graduate! I now have a full-time job. I have benefits through my job...I pay for them: Medical, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance. I have a driver's license. I have a car. My credit is fixed. I have money saved. I have furniture in my apartment. My daughter is on the Honor Roll and is a freshman in High School. She is in Avid, and wants to go to college. In December we finish the 2nd year of the Homestart program. (Yes, it is supposed to be a two year program!) I am a little sad, but excited too! We no longer are on any government aid. I am self sufficient. I feel self confident. We have a future.
Thank you Kayla, Kathy, Alyssa, and Ann! Thank you Homestart!
By the way, Homestart in no way asked me to write this review. They have no knowledge of my intention to do this.
Horriable place, wont accept or let you further housing if your enrolled in school, went to school one day and came back to a piece of paper saying drop out of school and failure to do so will result in termination! I said kick me out then!!! Education is success, also went in with a broken fridge poop all over the toilet and moldy food from the last tenant, i would not reccomend this place for it has only put homeless families back out on the street, kayla and michelle are horriable, rude, and very discriminational to people who have tattoos, they treat them like they are belittled. Theres better programs then this place ! Dont go there! They expect you to leave your children with strangers of the community who dont even come outside for 2 hrs while you do case management, not kid friendly and not what they claim to be.
Unfortunately, this is another example of a client who was not willing to put in the hard work to become successful.
Those commenting negatively have little understanding what takes place within our organization.This is not a place for disgruntled ex-clients, who have not been successful, to complain or write nasty comments directed at the program and/or staff. If you have a legitimate complaint, please follow the correct procedure. Thank you.
I want to thank all of the poor victims of (this so called) homestart program.i was also in need of urgent housing for my family.i have 3 children and my wife was due to have our 4th child in couple weeks.we got referred to this (so called family help) program and so i looked it up on google.i read the first couple reveiws.they were bad.i figured well theres always at least 1 bad reveiw about everything (u know theres always a bad apple trying to stir things up even if its really good).so i continue reading more reveiws,looking for where the positive ones begin..but that wasnt the case..every single reveiw that followed had the same or similar story/experience(i read every reveiw there was.at least 10).every family experience/story was identical to one another.all stating the same exact problems..all talking about the same person who directs the (so called family help) program.they all say the same name (amy) who took their money and dogged them in the end.they all say same thing how every family either quits or gets kicked out.they all say how they had to give the (so called) ppl all their money and lost it in the end.they all say the same about having cps called on families.all say same thing about being forced out with their children with nowhere to go.etc. etc...oh, and i almost forgot.out of about 10-12 reveiws,there were 2-3 reveiws that were (so called) positive.however,each one came from an annonymous profiles with no profile pics (hmm.i wonder why)and each of those 2-3 reveiws were nothing but critisism toward the victims who shared their experiences.saying stuff implying that every single one of those families were not there to better themselves.that the families didnt last in the (so called family help) program because they continue bad habits that put them in the situation theyre in.these annoymous profiles are actually downgrading these poor families.claiming that these less fortunate families refuse to do whats in their childrens best intrest.they are claiming that each family who doesnt complete the (so called family help) program its because that parent(s)didnt want to do any good for their children.these annonymous reveiws say these poor victims are more concerned about partying and being irresponsible rather than wanting to better their own families n do whats best for their children(added so much insult to injury)..so what does that sound like?ill tell u what i think..those 2-3 annonymous reveiws are actually the staff members from the scammed program they call themselves trying to run.they are posing as previous clients of the (scammed program) trying to defend the criminal operations they got going.if this place really helps families as a legit organization, then why does every family (who are all in the same boat with situations) tell about the same experiences,mishaps/misfortunes and all treated the same way and most of these negative reviews match one another word-for-word.and to top it all,why is this b!#ch "Amy" in everybodys story treating each family with disrespect and misfortune.taking these families money then kicking them and children to the curb wit nowhere to go and no refunds.now i dont know about u, but coincidences dont come in this size.my gut has always been my best freind. Homestart in roseville needs to be reported. Amy, along with her staff, need to be prosecuted..beleive..it IS in motion
I was able to see first hand the experiences this Non-Profit did to 4 little boys. They took their Xmas presents away from them and new school clothes and didn't help them to get to Doctor and dentist. They are evil people who suck the life out of you then toss you to the streets. I am not a client, but a person who cares. There is nothing but evil here. I would love to join in a group to have Call Kurtis look in to this. Just remember this "you reap what you sow" and I will be watching these people. Can t wait to see these people pay for what they have done to the children because they are going to grow up and see the Truth. SHAME on you. This is NOT a group of caring people, STAY AWAY!
I currently know a family who moved there with the intentions of starting a new life and all I see is an angry family that has had there money taken, not allowed to live a normal life and are in fear of the managers (Ann and Michelle) who constantly threaten. Any time any money is earned it is taken away and who knows where it is according to reviews. These people are not helping anyone and anyone that is looking to move there, think fourteen times after reading reviews. SOMEONE IN THE GOVERMENT SYSTEM NEEDS TO REVIEW THIS PROGRAM AND THE MANAGERS. I PERSONALLY WILL BE CONTACTING EVERYONE I KNOW TO GET THESE WOMEN OUT OF THIS PROGRAM.....T. LUCIDO
Hard program but worth it in the end! I owe most of my success to the homestart program. WHen i first came in, i didnt think i could handle all the rules. I wanted to quit several times. I decided to stick it out because i began to see my life change with homestarts guidance. Being at homestart allowed CPS to close their case with my family. While i was at homestart i was able to get my GED which i have been wanting for years. They have retired professors tutor you as often as you need to be prepared to pass ur test. A lot of people don't like being in a budget program but it really helped me. People say they steal ur money but in the program you choose to participate in the budget program and let the experts worry about your bills. With homestarts help I have paid all my past debts i have been worrying about for years. I also saved enough money to buy a car for the first time in 10 years and have money to move into an apartment. With the help of the staff my resume looks fantastic and they teach you how to get and keep a job. For the first time in my whole life i have a full time job with benefits. I have never been able to support myself until comin here. I loved being able to have free therapy it has been somethng i have wanted to afford for many many years. The therapist is great and has helped me through so many tramas from my past. My children also have had great improvements from therapy and the classes. My kids used to feel like too much to handle and homestart taught me how to be a better parent and how to properly handle ur kids. The case management part is tough. They really push you to be the best person possible. I felt really supported by the whole staff. My kids benefited from homestart in many ways such as almost being held back in school to being the top of thier class with the case manager as an advocate for my kids. Homestart helped me get out of my abusive relationship, stay clean and sober, turn my kids lives around, and help me become a successful member of society.
On approx. 7-19-2014 myself and my 2 children was homeless and needed shelter and went to Home Start in Roseville, CA. The only money I had was $25 and on 7-21-14 I gave it to them, out of that they gave me a $5.00 check so I could wash clothes.then on 8-4-14 I gave them my Welfare money of $310.00. Then on 8-5-14 I left there because of the treatment we were receiving. Today I just received the statement from Home Start and they kept ALL my money. I am 33 weeks pregnant, they wouldn't let me go to the doctor and when I left they would not give me any of my money back, plus called CPS on me. All is ok thankfully because my Aunt took me in. I have called TELL 10 . I urge everyone that has had any problems with this place to PLEASE do the same. This is a non-profit place and I have never felt so abused. PLEASE, PLEASE FLOOD NEWS 10 WITH CALLS, NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO THIS HAPPENED TO YOU.
Terrible place!! Horrible people! Don't waste your time and money. They will lie and deceive and put you and your family at danger leaving you broke and in an even worse position than you had been in.
why do all the reviews with more than one star all sound the same and in fact are not reviews at all? they all tell of following rules etc...most people write reviews speaking of their own experiences and letting their feelings be known. The reviews with one star seems to have very similar experiences.
the shared experiences of most of the reviewers is what caught my attention. sounds like illegal activity is occurring here on a large scale and it needs to stop asap!
This place is life-changing alright, changing lives for the worse and putting the disadvantaged at a BIGGER DISADVANTAGE!!
Homestart is a joke we were there 36 hours gave them $300 when we got there they mailed us a check 2 weeks later with $102. They are corrupt I think we should all get in contact with "Call Curtis"