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Family HomeStead provides emergency and transitional housing and supportive case management to homeless families with children. All families are housed in individual apartments to maintain the dignity and integrity of the family while they work through their crisis of homelessness. While families live in our housing and participate in our programs, Family HomeStead case managers work with them to help them find permanent housing and develop an income to sustain that housing. They also help clients deal with the issues that caused their homelessness.
Family HomeStead is heavily dependent upon the services of volunteer groups to assist in the upkeep and maintenance of our housing units and the surrounding properties. A typical Lift-a-Hammer project involves painting and cleaning an apartment for a new family about to move in, with occasional yard work available during the “green months” of the year. Participating groups are encouraged to consider underwriting the cost of their work project. Costs vary depending on the scope of the project.
Lift-a-Hammer Projects are open to established groups only and are arranged on a case-by-case basis with interested groups. Projects usually take four to six hours to complete and are available during the week and on Saturdays. A minimum of 10 people is required, with 10 - 15 being an optimal group size. To initiate a workday, we ask that a member of the group be designated as “team captain.” That person should contact Shalene Onyango, Director of Volunteers and Development, to discuss the logistics of the project and establish a date for the event. We utilize work groups throughout the year, with the most participation between mid-March and the end of October. It is sometimes necessary to schedule a project several months in advance as dates fill up quickly during our busiest season.
Our Adopt-a-Home Program offers corporate, civic, and faith-based organizations the opportunity take their volunteer involvement to a higher level by contributing $3,500 to support the upkeep and maintenance of one housing unit for a year. Costs vary by unit but include items such as rent/mortgage, utilities, appliances, furniture, general maintenance, etc. Another funding option is $1,750 for half a year. Volunteers develop a real sense of investment in our work when their organization supports us in this manner and augments that financial support with a hands-on work project. Many organizations have found the projects to be extremely beneficial team-building experiences.
For more information on our Lift-a-Hammer project or to schedule a date, please contact Shalene Onyango.