Mission: Our House breaks the chains of homelessness by providing quality early childhood education and comprehensive support services for families who are homeless.
Results: 90% of parents surveyed agreed that Our House programs and services served to significantly improve their situation.
In this fiscal year alone, 58% of the parents who entered Our House unemployed became employed within 6 months.
In FY 2012, 31% of parents enrolled in an employment training program; 77% made improvements in their housing stability.
Of our 2011 CDA job training graduates, 67% obtained F/T employment and 25% obtained P/T employment within 6 months of graduating from the program. Our House is able to have impact in the lives of homeless families due to strong leadership, effective staff, quality programming, and long-term community support.
Target demographics: Homeless children (ages 6 wks. to 5 yrs.) and families living in shelters and/or transitional housing programs throughout Metro Atlanta.
Geographic areas served: Metro Atlanta
Programs: Early Childhood Education Program
Family Advocacy Program
Employment Readiness Program
What inspires me to support Our House Inc. (which is an organization that creates homes for the mentally and physically disabled people) is how vulnerable the people are who need so much help. They have weak voices due to their disability to voice themselves and because of this funds are lessened year after year. The people who care for our loved ones are their life line and why isn't there enough to comfortably compensate them. The residents deserve to have a fulfilling and happy life. Although they are limited in different ways that should not limit the quality of life they live. Many residents will always be children at heart yet their mother and fathers can't care for them as if they were a child. Time passes and parents pass on leaving their child behind. They will age and there's no one to be their voice to say 'my child loves Disney and would love to see Disney on Ice.' So I choose to listen to the residents and be their voice whether it's by donating money or finding out how to get them tickets to see 'Disney on Ice' or a favorite place to visit or even be there to see that they are smiling and if they're not find out why not.