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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Support

Mission: Assist those familes in the metropolitan phoenix area that are homeless, working poor and/or have experienced domestic violence to achieve economic independence and secure long-term, safe, decent and affordable housing thereby breaking multi-generational cycles of homelessness and domestic violence.

Programs: Transitional housing for low income families - provides case management and support services to 139 families or approximately 468 people of whom 298 were children. Early learning center - a state licensed center which provides care services for children of the transitional housing program and families in the surrounding community for ages infant to 5 years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am chairman of the board at Homeward Bound and have seen firsthand how they break the cycles of violence and homelessness for families with children. As a work first program, each family is assigned a case manager who individually sets up a plan to move them toward self-sufficiency. Families with children live either in our secured Thunderbird Family Village in one of our 80 two-bedroom apartments or in one of our 75 scattered homes throughout the valley. Along with safe housing, each area is evaluated: employment (or lack of), education, budgeting, parenting, mental health, poor credit, custody issues, orders of protection (in DV cases). Children -- birth through 5 years stay in our ON- SITE daycare center where they are developmentally and socially evaluated every six months so they can be given a planned curriculum to ensure they are ready for Kindergarten. Homeward Bound addresses trauma, educational delays, health and dental issues, and social skills through a variety of collaborations with other organizations that specialize in various services. These families are given the tools and lessons that they lacked to manage their lives. After an average stay of two years, 95% of these families go on to self-sufficiency, meaning they are gainfully employed, able to afford market-priced housing, and their children are in school and thriving. It is a model of empowerment. E-mail me if you would like to get involved or learn more about Homeward Bound and the 155 families we serve! kari@havens.us