Mission: Transition house is an innovative human services organization dedicated to ending and preventing domestic violence in our community. Transition house provides a continuum of housing options along with holistic, trauma-informed services for survivors of all ages. Transition house also provides resources, professional training and education to youth and adults throughout the community to address intervention and prevention strategies. Transition house supports youth development and leadership initiatives to promote healthy relationship development and prevent abuse. Transition house provides direct support to over 500 people; trains more than 500 professionals; and reaches 1500 community members of all ages with outreach and educational programs each year.
Programs: A congregate shelter in a residential home-like setting that provides safe, emergency housing and highly skilled 24/7 trauma support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Support services include: counseling, safety planning, skills building workshops, healthcare access and on-site visiting health care, housing search, childcare advocacy and on-site child care each evening. Our continuum of housing resources also includes: transitional housing and support services for 9-24 months in scattered site, community-based units shared by survivors of domestic violence and their children transitioning from emergency shelter to safe, affordable housing and permanent supported housing for survivors with disabilities. Support services include: counseling, case management, skill building resources, housing search and access to an array of nearby community services. In 2016, these housing programs served 65 adults and children.
community based services: pathways to safety & pathways to permanent housing. Transition house provides holistic support, counseling services, and intervention resources for victims of domestic violence throughout our diverse community; including partner abuse, dating violence and family violence. In partnership with key community partners, we provide advocacy and counseling support, serving as an intervention and resource hub for people of all ages, backgrounds, and income levels to prevent homelessness. Other services include housing advocacy, legal advocacy, court accompaniment, support groups, public benefits advocacy and referrals to a wide range of resources. We also deliver custom training on domestic violence intervention and response to professionals in law enforcement, social services, education, elder services and property management. In 2016, this program provided direct services to over 100 people; training for 500, and peer leadership and youth education for over 1,000 teens.
Volunteer commitment level and match with the organization are taken very seriously. Training was thorough, life-changing -- worth it on its own. Work in the shelter for a few hours a week over a couple of years allowed me to be a part of the efforts to help all sorts of women in real need, and once in a while I could provide a critical link to a survivor in crisis through my work as a crisis line operator. Not to be undertaken lightly -- volunteering with violence survivors in crisis -- but well worth the effort if you have the time and passion for it.
I must point out that the Volunteer Director back when I was involved, Linda McMaster, contributed tremendously to the extremely positive experience I was able to have
AFter 5 months in a DV shelter 90 miles from my hometown, I was accepted into Transition House in the TLP. I was in the transitional program for another 5 months and with the help of T-house I got permanent affordable housing.