MIRIAMS HOUSE LYNCHBURG, VA Reviews
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February 7, 2013
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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