Mission: This year saw the start of the development of the new homefront family campus homeless
Programs: Prevention/emergency services: emergency shelter-: family preservation center(short-term shelter for 40 families & 10 single women who build the skills to become self-sufficent & gain permanent housing); freshstart (short-term housing for homeless working poor families, we assist with securing permanent housing while providing intensive case management); huchet house(residential program for homeless pregnant women who are connected with medical services & acquire the skills to be effective, loving & self-sufficent mothers) homelessness prevention; provides funds for back rent/mortgage/utilities & security deposits to enable county residents at risk of eviction to maintain their housing. Over $464,000 was issued during the last fiscal year. The resource network: provides very low income families with the tools they need to establish a life with dignity. During our last fiscal year, over $4,193,292 in donated goods & services was distributed including furnish the future (furniture & appliances) & the freestore (clothing/household items)
client support services: employment-focused skills building: homefront recognizes that the basic foundation for independence is education and employment. Our opportunities for our clients are always growing and today include: high school equivalency classes and testing, microsoft office training and certification, trade skills training, employment readiness training and job placement counseling, micro-business crafting through our artspace and sewing space programs, advice on how to become invol
housing: it soon became clear to us that providing services and programs alone only addressed one side of the crisis faced by the homeless and low income families of mercer county. Without access to safe and affordable housing, there can be no home. We are dedicated to the development of affordable service-enriched housing for low income families; as well as to the provision of transitional housing, where families can build their skills as they prepare to move into permanent housing. Our housing
I currently live at homefront and they have helped me in alot of ways. I have been at homefront for 3 months and the staff welcomed me and my son with open arms. The hepled us with things that youldnt even imagine. I attended all of the classes and graduated, they made it so that when i move my place will feel like a home. When I came to homefront all we had was the clothes on our backs. Now we have alot of clothes and other things. My son as alot of clothes and toys... He has learned alot at their daycare center too. My son completely shut down and wouldnt talk. Mrs. Lavonda and Mrs. Alexis worked with him and now he is speaking complete sentences. I love Homefront because they helped us alot and they do things that i never even thought a shelter did to help others.... Here u can feel like you are at home.
I have been a participant/donor in HomeFront's Back-to-School drive since my son (now a freshman in college) was in kindergarten. We would go out together and he would help me pick "cool" clothes and supplies for the child we were sponsoring. Participation became one of our family traditions. As a result, both of my children have become more connected to those in need and we frequently deliver donations to HomeFront. Both children have recruited friends for food drives for HomeFront and my son has volunteered stocking the shelves in the food pantry. My co-workers have also participated in the back-to-School drive for many years, another tradition that we look forward to. I am happy to say that this year, in spite of the economy, my office sponsored more children than any year prior. HomeFront is a conduit for the general public to participate in helping those less fortunate.