Mission: To help at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.
Programs: Residential shelter program - we create a safe, stable shelter environment that sets the stage for families experiencing homelessness to bolster strength and independence. Families stay in one of twenty-three bedrooms. In addition to filling the most basic needs of shelter, food and clothing, raphael house provides an array of services in which families can rebuild their lives and create positive change. Services in the residential shelter program include: case management, workforce development, financial education, mental health services, children's program, academic enrichment, parent empowerment group and financial assistance. On average, 85% of families move into stable housing upon departure and the average length of stay was 31 days.
children's program - at raphael house, our children's services support children in recovering from their experience of homelessness. The program serves children while they live at our residential shelter as well as after they move into stable housing. We recognize that children learn best in the context of family, community and culture, and have designed our children's services to support this belief. The goals of our services are: 1) to address the developmental needs of the "whole child": social-emotional, physical, cognitive, spiritual and creative; 2) to provide children with academic supports aimed at preventing future homelessness as adults; and 3) to provide families with the necessary models and supports to promote healthy relationships. The components of our children's services include; academic enrichment - daily tutoring and educational activities; children's evening program - art, crafts, drama and developmentally appropriate activities that promote positive peer and adult relations; aftercare/childreach - weekend outings, extracurricular scholarships and private tutoring; and mental health services.
aftercare program - on-going support is provided through the aftercare program after families have moved from the shelter, including case management, workforce development, financial education, mental health services, financial assistance, parent empowerment group. This program serves 300 families annually and 91% of those families remain stably housed.
meal program - we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week to all residents and children of the residential shelter. We also provide meals for children in our children's program (includes academic enrichment and childreach weekend outings) and aftercare program.
Raphael House is a wonderful program that supports housing/transitioning families in need. Their steadfast mission, great facilities, excellent donor communications and community outreach really make this charity a worthwhile cause. Children deserve stable homes, and I feel lucky to have found out about such a great charity that is making such a difference close to home.
I have been a long-time donor to Raphael House. I am very impressed with their dedication to helping homeless families solve the root causes of their homelessness and achieve stable housing. There emphasis on parenting skills helps the next generation to grow up stronger, and their follow-up programs help their clients maintain their gains.