Comprehensive Case Management
This is the core component of HOW's support services for both individuals and families. Case Managers work with each woman to develop a Transition Plan with short- and long-term goals and then provide the support and assistance needed to accomplish her goals.
Life Skills & Support Groups
HOW provides a variety of groups to meet diverse needs for the women and children in its programs. Support groups give women the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other around issues ranging from relapse prevention and domestic violence, to apartment maintenance and money management. Financial literacy and banking skills training are also provided, along with other educational workshops and classes.
Stable health and access to health care are essential factors for economic and housing stability. HOW’s Patient Navigator conducts health outreach, builds relationships, and educates clients, while encouraging prevention screening and follow-up treatment through programs such as Life Smart for Women—a 10-week workshop series held twice each year. The Patient Navigator also helps clients navigate their way through today’s complicated health care system and helps families develop the skills needed to access community health services. On-site Recovery Specialists support clients to achieve and maintain their sobriety goals through individual counseling and group activities, while HOW’s innovative Peer Chef program helps participants learn healthy shopping and cooking skills on a budget.
Children & Youth Services
HOW enhanced its ability to serve the 200 children in its Permanent Supportive Housing Program with the addition of a two Child and Youth Specialists. This summer, HOW hosted an After-School Matters program for teens, called “Theater Arts and Performance (TAP) Guild.” This apprenticeship program served 15 teens each day throughout the summer and exposed them to a wide variety of arts and culture, self-expression, performance and career readiness topics. The specialists also designed and implement a weekly Youth Gallery for children 12 and under and a gender-specific program (Girls’ Empowerment Module, or GEM) for adolescent girls ages 13-17. Plans to expand HOW’s Children and Youth Services are currently underway.