Mission: HOMELESS SHELTER PROGRAMS SHARE OPERATES FOUR SHELTERS FOR THE HOMELESS AND ASSISTS WITH WINTER RESPONSE TEMPORARY SHELTER
Programs: Shelter: share provides temporary, emergency housing at three shelters. Share orchards and share homestead shelter homeless families and are operated by the organization but owned by the vancouver housing authority. The share house for single men is both owned and operated by share.
transitional and permanent housing: share's program achieving self-sufficiency personal improvement and resource education (aspire) provides supported housing through case management to families and single adults on their way to stability and self-sufficiency. Aspire is a coordinated system for providing case management, housing and connection to supportive services in the community for homeless families and individuals. Currently, the aspire program serves 102 households each month. The program has experienced a 75% success rate and has served more than 1,203 people in 2014. Share also has received funding for individual development accounts (idas). The idas are savings accounts for a future asset such as a down payment on a home, start a business or pursue higher education. Share also records a liability for amounts held on behalf of participants in this program. Share purchased four homes to provide group living environments for single individuals. Share provides case management to these homes (two serving single women, one serving single men and one serving single veteran men). Share also owns a duplex of two 3 bedroom homes for families which are rented at less than half of fair market value. Henin the fall of 2011 share began a housing and essential needs (hen) program for individuals found by the state to be temporarily unable to work due to a mental health or physical health issues. This program was originally an entitlement program offered by the department of health and social services. In november of 2011 it was reallocated to nonprofit organizations and counties across the state as a non-entitlement program that could pay rent, utilities and provide essential needs such as hygiene products, toilet paper and other such needs. This program served 229 clients per month in 2014.
hunger response: share provides daily meals for the homeless and low-income members of the community. The program serves more than 90,000 meals each year. Much of the food used in the program is donated by area grocery stores and is prepared each day by volunteers and staff. What going hungry means for a child - research indicates that even mild under-nutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of growth impacts their behavior, school performance and overall cognitive development. Share's backpack program provides weekend food packs to children at 90 schools in eight school districts every week that school is in session. While increased from the original 75 food packs per week to 1,900 food packs per week, the program is still meeting less than the need in local area school districts. Share provides recipes and nutritional information in the food packs, and in addition, will be offering nutritional information in the food packs. Share's summer lunch program partners with vancouver parks & recreation and vancouver and evergreen school districts as well as several church groups and apartment managment firms to provide meals during a time that children do not receive breakfast or lunch at school. In 2014, share provided nearly 27,000 meals to children and their families for this program.
street outreach was established in 1996, the result of a taskforce formed by community leaders to find solutions to the issues of transiency in downtown vancouver. The program provides street outreach to more than 900 hard-to-reach and hard-to-serve homeless individuals each year. Services such as access to showers, laundry facilities, clothing, mail and transportation are made available on a walk-in basis. In addition, case managers meet with clients on a one-to-one basis to assist them in accessing existing social services, stable housing situations, or to assist with whatever needs they may have. Work is focused on the area of addressing issues pertaining to mental illness and alcohol and chemical dependencies. Share added a permanent housing first component to this program, providing housing to chronically homeless individuals. In 2014, ourtreach housed eight chronically homeless individuals and has been providing them with on-going support, including rental subsidies.