Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations,
Homeless & Housing,
Human Service Organizations,
Mission: On the rise creates a community where women have the relationships,safety and resources they need to move out of homelessness. We engage with those most in need and support their initiative and strength as they move beyond crisis and discover new possibilities.
Programs: Keep the keys/safe haven program: otr's core programming provides tangible aid and long-term, broad-based support to women, starting when they are homeless or in crisis. Safe haven: through comprehensive daytime direct services, otr engages and annually assists approximately 400 severely disenfranchised women, providing emotional, practical, and professional support that helps the women achieve and sustain extraordinary accomplishments - from improving health, to getting jobs, to finding housing. The goals of the program are to:goal 1: provide a safe space six days a week where women can find practical necessities and a supportive community to begin to explore the steps they need to take to move out of homelessness and increase their quality of life. Goal 2: provide advice, assistance, accompaniment and advocacy for women addressing housing, abuse, trauma, physical/mental health, legal, and other urgent needs and issues. Goal 3: ease women's access to and transition into specialized and single-issue programs and eventually out of homelessness. Otr relies on a collaborative network with approximately fifty other human service providers. This network helps the program facilitate a woman's access and success in programs such as battered women's services, detoxification programs, emergency and transitional shelters and housing, legal and healthcare services, and more. Otr does not duplicate other services, but fills in the cracks to make the whole system work better for women who need it the most. Many women at otr must cope with complex physical and mental health conditions. A program participant's struggle often is complicated by the fact that she cannot set a daily routine, she has no sense of place in a family or in a community, and she has little control over when and what she eats, where she can sleep, and other basic survival needs. Health access and wellness activities in the safe haven break down barriers to healthcare by facilitating access to emergency, primary and preventative healthcare through referrals, support, accompaniment and advocacy with women at community health centers, hospitals and other services. These and other strengths-based group and individual activities are critical components of otr's success. Keep the keys: otr has helped many homeless women move into housing of their own; however, women continue to struggle with addiction, mental health, parenting, financial, employment, legal, and other challenges after they have moved into housing, and they face the new responsibilities of independent living. Participants in the keep the keys program maintain their connections with otr staff and receive a range of services designed to support housing retention and to help women build the neighborhood connections and independent living skills they need to sustain their quality of life. Services include home visits, goal-setting, training in life skills, weekly meetings and gatherings at otr and limited access to the safe haven.
the community outreach and education program: integral to otr's mission is its responsibility to raise awareness and facilitate public discourse about the most vexing social issues that affect the women who participate in otr's programs. Through the community outreach and education program, otr informs the broader community about the interplay of homelessness, trauma, mental illness, addiction, and domestic violence, and helps individuals and groups participate in creating a safe, supportive space for women as they reintegrate back into the community.