I came to Homestart after fleeing a bad relationship. I came here with my 13 year old daughter and myself. I had just gained custody of my daughter back. My credit was bad, and I had no vehicle or driver's license. I didn't have a job. I also had a medical condition which temporarily paralysed 1/2 my face. Homestart wouldn't let me feel sorry for myself. They gave me 30 days to find a job. I had to apply to 10 per day. I cried myself to sleep for the first week. Luckily, they also had a therapist for myself and my daughter.
Homestart sent me to apply for Calworks, foodstamps and medi-cal. I enrolled my daughter in school. Things settled down. It was safe place to stay. They didn't coddle me. I had chores everyday. There was a curfew. They DO have a lot of rules. It is a hard program. Some rules are based on the individual clients. Every client had their own individualised program designed by a case manager. Random drug testing was required. Getting a job was not optional. I had to turn over ALL of my income as soon as I received it. Homestart budgeted my money. They told me what food I could buy (no sodas! no junk!) They paid down my outstanding bills with the money I gave them.
Many clients came and went while we were there for various reasons. Many didn't want to follow the rules. Many just wanted to get hand-outs without doing the work to better themselves. Some were using drugs and were immediately exited. This made me feel safe. My daughter got school clothes, tutoring, school supplies, backpacks. They checked her grades.
I moved into my own apartment after a year living at Homestart!!!! Yes I am a graduate! I now have a full-time job. I have benefits through my job...I pay for them: Medical, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance. I have a driver's license. I have a car. My credit is fixed. I have money saved. I have furniture in my apartment. My daughter is on the Honor Roll and is a freshman in High School. She is in Avid, and wants to go to college. In December we finish the 2nd year of the Homestart program. (Yes, it is supposed to be a two year program!) I am a little sad, but excited too! We no longer are on any government aid. I am self sufficient. I feel self confident. We have a future.
Thank you Kayla, Kathy, Alyssa, and Ann! Thank you Homestart!
By the way, Homestart in no way asked me to write this review. They have no knowledge of my intention to do this.
Hard program but worth it in the end! I owe most of my success to the homestart program. WHen i first came in, i didnt think i could handle all the rules. I wanted to quit several times. I decided to stick it out because i began to see my life change with homestarts guidance. Being at homestart allowed CPS to close their case with my family. While i was at homestart i was able to get my GED which i have been wanting for years. They have retired professors tutor you as often as you need to be prepared to pass ur test. A lot of people don't like being in a budget program but it really helped me. People say they steal ur money but in the program you choose to participate in the budget program and let the experts worry about your bills. With homestarts help I have paid all my past debts i have been worrying about for years. I also saved enough money to buy a car for the first time in 10 years and have money to move into an apartment. With the help of the staff my resume looks fantastic and they teach you how to get and keep a job. For the first time in my whole life i have a full time job with benefits. I have never been able to support myself until comin here. I loved being able to have free therapy it has been somethng i have wanted to afford for many many years. The therapist is great and has helped me through so many tramas from my past. My children also have had great improvements from therapy and the classes. My kids used to feel like too much to handle and homestart taught me how to be a better parent and how to properly handle ur kids. The case management part is tough. They really push you to be the best person possible. I felt really supported by the whole staff. My kids benefited from homestart in many ways such as almost being held back in school to being the top of thier class with the case manager as an advocate for my kids. Homestart helped me get out of my abusive relationship, stay clean and sober, turn my kids lives around, and help me become a successful member of society.
On approx. 7-19-2014 myself and my 2 children was homeless and needed shelter and went to Home Start in Roseville, CA. The only money I had was $25 and on 7-21-14 I gave it to them, out of that they gave me a $5.00 check so I could wash clothes.then on 8-4-14 I gave them my Welfare money of $310.00. Then on 8-5-14 I left there because of the treatment we were receiving. Today I just received the statement from Home Start and they kept ALL my money. I am 33 weeks pregnant, they wouldn't let me go to the doctor and when I left they would not give me any of my money back, plus called CPS on me. All is ok thankfully because my Aunt took me in. I have called TELL 10 . I urge everyone that has had any problems with this place to PLEASE do the same. This is a non-profit place and I have never felt so abused. PLEASE, PLEASE FLOOD NEWS 10 WITH CALLS, NO MATTER HOW LONG AGO THIS HAPPENED TO YOU.
Homestart is a joke we were there 36 hours gave them $300 when we got there they mailed us a check 2 weeks later with $102. They are corrupt I think we should all get in contact with "Call Curtis"
Well without homestarts help, me and my family are back on our feet. It was hard because they never gave us a dime back. They are crooks and thiefs. How do you take from the less fortunate and have a clear conscience? How does anybody supports evilness like this? We live in a society that justifies people like MICHELLE and the rest of the staff of inconsiderate, lying, manipulative and power control people who think they are better then you. I emailed everyone on the board and got no response but a call from the cops saying my money was a lost cause. I will continue posting on this site and others letting all the less fortunate families know of what this god forsaken company has done not only to us but to all the other families as well. You can also go to linkedin to find some of the other board members and get email addresses. I have also contacted every news station, including call Curtis, to let them know of the corruption that is happening at Homestart. It is not about the money now, the cops said that it was a lost cause, so now that I have a job and my wife has a job and money, we are taking this to the fullest. Beware all unfortunate families of the trap this company is setting you up for. My opinion would be to contact SAEHC, who are a staff of people who took care of me and my family, and homestart, you can rot in hell!!! Sincerely, one of your victims
This program is the real criminal!!! They kick you out, keep all of your money and leave you on the sidewalk wiyhabsolutely nothing! Then they call the cops and CPS to come see you the next day. This is a setup and a family wrecker!! Its amazing how people sleep at night knowing what they have done to the children of the less fortunate!!
I was told about homestart from a friend when my boyfriend and I were struggling. We were getting evicted from our apartment and turned to homestart for help. They sounded like a good program so we applied and moved in a week later. Needles to say it was horrible. The lady who worked with us was rude abd treated us like crap. The rooms are dirty and gross they give u nasty blankets abd expected me to put my 4 month old baby in a dirty play pin. They r extremley dishonest and do not care about ur well being. My family and I were only there for 3 hours before deciding this place is worse then jail. They took the money we gave them when we checked in with them and they refuse to give it back. The only reason they are still arounfbis because they rip everyone off. I wish I would have read the reviews on this hell hole before giving them my money. I don't recomend this place to anyone. I'm so disappointed and I hope they get shut down because they are not the great place they make themselves out to be.
My 8 year old son, wife and myself were put out on the sidewalk after 2 days of being in the program. Our worker Michellr gave us 30 minutes yo be off the property and left us there without a dimr. We just gave them over $400 less thrn 48 hours ago but said," To Baf" as she walked away with a smile on her face. She was rude, mean, direspectful and treated us like we were scum. I have worked all my life and have been successful, so this is very new to me. I cannot imagine her ever treating any of those famalies like human .beings. We still have no cash and no place. They should be ashamed for whothey are.
This program does not help the people it claims to help. Families enter the program hoping to get help, when in reality they get scrutinize disrespected and be little by the director, Ann. I was a resident and did exactly what I was supposed to and got kicked out for no reason. Ann made my son sit out in the freezing cold weather, while he was sick, and told me I had a half an hour to clean up and move all of my stuff. They took my phone so I was unable to find anybody to help me move my things. I had nowhere to go thankfully a friend allowed me to stay with her for a couple of days. They "managed" my money the entire time I was there. I I had approximately $2700, I received my money 17 days after I was kicked out, and it was over $2000 short. The director, Ann,charge me $50 for kicking me out and proceeded to unjustly (and without permission) spend $2000 of money that took me over 8 months to save. I was approximately 3 and a half months away from graduating the program. In my 8 and a half months at home start I saw several families torn apart and kicked out. These positive comments that are written on this site were obviously conjured up by, Ann or one of her employees that she constantly makes do her dirty work, like Michelle/Kayla. I feel sorry for employees that have to work beneath her, but mostly I pray for the future families that will fall victim to her. I really think this place to do good, if someone else was running it.
I wish people could see this program for what it really is. In no way does this program help those it intends to. They have room for 30 families there are currently two that reside there. My wife, daughter and I were residents there for seven months. We were close to graduating until one day staff knocked on the door and told my wife that they would like me to leave. They did not give her any reason what so ever, just that they wanted her to stay and me to leave. They intentionally try to break up families, in the eight months we have been there I have witnessed this six seperate times. The final reason they gave me for exiting me was that my job did not meet their requirements. I have been employed since my first week upon moving in to home start. I am on commission sales and make more than any other resident did. How could my job not meet their standards. I had over 8000 dollars saved up when exited. I followed every rule they had and even some they made up just for me. It a completly arbitrary and inconsistent program. It would be a great program if they were consistent and did not go back on their own rules. The comments about clients not wanting to help themselves could not be farther from the truth. After exiting my family it took three weeks to send us our savings. They took it upon themselves to pay 3000 out of it on meanlingless things. They did pay some bills however a month later the creditors have yet to recieve them. I have done follow up on these bills and Home Start will not call me back. I have several thousand dollars in limbeau that I can not account for. People are worse off when leaving than they are when they get there. In some cases the clients are the problems some people can not be helped. However, the majority of the problems start with Home Start Staff.
My husband, son, and I needed a place to live so we contacted Homestart. It was good at the beginning then after being there 7 months they started treating me like a criminal. My husband couldn't find a job, so one day he went to the program director, Ann, and he told her that he had wanted to go to truck driving school. Ann suggested that he get all the information for the school and bring it to her. After fulfilling her request she told him to go for it. My husband went to the school for 3 weeks and was told that he had to go to Fontana to finish his training. He explained to Ann that he was going to be gone for 4-5 weeks, she approved it, however did not give him any money to live on, so he went. Given the fact that he had no money to live on he used his checks and had to ask family for money. While he was gone Ann would constantly ask me questions about where he got the money to live off of. When he finished his training and was heading “home” Ann said that he can't come back and that he was exited.
Finally, after being told that I had moved onto the second stage in the program, I went out looking for an apartment. As a graduate I was supposed to receive section 8, and help with rent for 6 months after leaving. I received NOTHING. In fact, I had to stay with family while waiting for the approval on my apartment. Its been only 3 months since I left (as a so called graduate) and I still have received no help, no follow up, NOTHING from Roseville Homestart.
That place is terrible, they need to have another person in charge. Ann breaks up families and ensures the reoccurrence homelessness in Placer County. I have seen so many kids and families get kicked out with nowhere to go. The majority of their money is taken and spent frivolously and is sent 2-3 weeks AFTER leaving. Ann uses the money as she pleases on paying the clients bills even after they are kicked out.
Please for anyone who is donating to this program, STOP!!! It’s hurting people rather than helping.
Home Start helps families who want to put in the effort themselves. If you dont want to work hard this is not for you. The classes are great and helped me more than words can say. Clients who dont like to follow rules love to complain.