Mission: Through our permanent and transitional housing programs, we provide homeless single parents and their children a home, intensive case management, and other significant supportive services to help them become self-sufficient.
Programs: To qualify for our permanent housing program either the parent or one of the children must have a documented disability - physical, mental, drug and/or alcohol addiction, or hiv/aids. Parents must have custody of dependent children or be at least seven months pregnant to be accepted. We own 16 housing units and rent one more in a townhouse community in clairton, pa to provide homes for our 17 families participating in this program. With hard work and needed support, families stabilize and most of them do move into better lives. Terry came to sisters place homeless and pregnant with her first child. Since then she delivered a healthy baby boy, became employed, attends an undergraduate program part-time, and faithfully attends her mental health therapy. She has been an excellent mother and her son is developmentally advanced for his age. We think they are well on their way to being able to live independently.
most parents in our transitional housing program are younger mothers between the ages of 18 and 26 at admission who have documented homelessness. Families live in rent assisted housing in a townhouse community in clairton, pa for up to one year with the maximum stay being two years. Applicants must have custody of at least one child or be seven months pregnant to qualify for the program. We require all participants to have a job and highly encourage them to further their educations. If we discover any participants have significant disabilities that are preventing them from being successful at work and/or in school, we refer them for permanent housing placement. While in the program, olivia received her high school diploma, secured a full-time job, and obtained her driver's license. Upon leaving the program, she moved into permanent non-subsidized housing.
the daylight housing program is, in effect, an expansion of our permanent housing program. We applied for a third hud grant in order to help an additional five families with the same services in the same location. This program went into effect in october 2011. Monica moved into the program with her two year old son in 2013. Staff recommended that she receive support around parenting and child development classes. Her little boy is doing much better these days with structure and age appropriate behavior management. Monica is pursuing a bachelor's degree at carlow university where she is a full time student.
Me and my children have been living in this housing program for almost 3 years after getting out of 20 years of domestic violence. We left with nothing but the clothes on our back and went to a shelter. While there I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know how I was going to make it with 5 kids. Then after 3 months Sisters Place called. WHAT A BLESSING! They eliminated all my worries about being homeless and having to figure out where I was going to get furniture and the basic things like dishes, towels etc. They do everything to help you on a road to self sufficiency that they possibly can. Thankyou so so much for your help and donations. If it wasn't for this place I might have given up hope at a second chance.
I am a donor and a member of the Friends of Sisters Place Board, a group of young professionals dedicated to supporting the Sisters Place mission. Sisters Place is a wonderful organization which provides critical support to homeless families. I am proud to donate and be involved with raising funds and awareness for this worthy organization.
As a former staff member and current donor for Sisters Place, I am proud to lend my support as the Agency continues to serve 32 families (single mothers with children) who have experienced homelessness. They provide more than just a house - a place to sleep, after school activities for the children, assistance securing and retaining a job, educational guidance, case management and so much more. They do so much with a small staff and I am glad to play a small role in supporting their mission.
Sisters Place is dedicated to helping the homeless children in our area to get a new start on life. The impact of homlessness on children is often invisible and providing a stable environment allows these kids a chance to reach their potentials. Helping our community -- one family at a time -- makes a difference in all our lives. Bless this work and those who serve those often forgotten homeless kids!