Housing 25 families at a time, Door of Hope's transitional housing programs help families overcome the practical, emotional, and financial challenges they face and transition into permanent housing. Our comprehensive services are designed for the whole person and the whole family to permanently break the cycle of homelessness for this generation and the next. Here's how it works:
We require all families to obtain full-time employment that will provide for their family. We collaborate with community partners to provide each parent the job training, resume building, interview preparation, and coaching they need to find a quality job.
Achieving and maintaining financial stability is crucial to the ultimate goal of sustainable housing. Our families receive financial literacy training and budgeting skills while at Door of Hope. Families are required to save money to pay debts, pay a rental deposit, and establish an emergency fund. Families often leave our program with between five and six thousand dollars in savings.
Each adult receives weekly individual counseling as well as marriage counseling for all married couples. Through our onsite mental health counselors, families explore core issues that may have led to homelessness, learn to communicate better, find emotional healing and gain self-worth. In addition to counseling, we provide two life skills classes a week that focus on parenting and stress management. Individual counseling is still available to alumni for one year after they leave Door of Hope.
Many children in our program have experienced emotional distress and trauma that is associated with experiencing homelessness. We provide an innovative onsite Children's program that offers educational assistance, enrichment curriculum, structure, and a sense of belonging. Programming emphasizes tutoring and homework assistance as well as other activities to address the kids' spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs. These activities include games, outdoor play, field trips, visits to local colleges, snacks, reading, arts and crafts, computer use and much more!
Permanent housing is the end goal of our program, and our housing coordinator works alongside each family throughout their time at Door of Hope. The housing coordinator connects the family with housing opportunities that are in line with the family's needs and budget. We also advocate on our family's behalf with landlords and property managers and emphasize the families improved budgeting and money management skills. After the family has found housing, a case manager provides follow-up care, checking on the progress of money management, housing maintenance, and the family's emotional health.
Door of Hope leverages its own efforts by partnering with other organizations. These include, but are not limited to: Asencia, Didi Hirsch, Families in Transition, Five Acres, Imagine LA, Options, Pacific Clinics, Union Station Homeless Services, Verdugo Job Center, Young and Healthy, Youth Moving On, and YWCA of Glendale. We also partner with federal and state-funded agencies in our community and maintain a healthy relationship with them.
For the past 36 years, we have been helping families escape homelessness and regain stability.