Doors of Hope Geauga provides more than a roof and four walls. It works in partnership with each family to understand their individual journey and develop a roadmap out of homelessness and into independence.
Critical to this effort is:
assessment of each family to identify services and benefits needed;
assistance with housing search, employment and/or education;
educational enrichment for children;
linkage with community partners.
In addition to services delivered by its case managers, Doors of Hope Geauga utilizes its strong connections to local community resources, networking with existing providers to assist families in transitioning to self-sufficient living.
Doors of Hope Geauga will work in partnership with each family to understand their individual journey and develop a roadmap out of homelessness and into independence. Critical to this effort will be assessment of each family to identify and link to services needed, including: review of benefits (e.g. personal documents, TANF, SNAP, childcare) to ensure that each family is accessing all available resources; assistance with housing search to enable each family to secure independent housing; employment services to assist parents in preparing for, finding and keeping jobs; educational services for parents who can benefit from training programs or GED attainment; educational enrichment for children, as well as connecting children to school and day care; and referrals for health, mental health and/or substance use concerns.
The organization believes strongly that its services can best be delivered in a multi-unit living facility with common areas for gathering and meals that will be conducive to developing a sense of community and support. Meals will be shared, and food will be prepared in a common kitchen where families can learn meal planning, food preparation, nutrition, and healthy eating habits.
Families will benefit from a variety of other opportunities such as financial/budgeting advice, education on home repairs, assistance with transportation, and guidance around child development and parenting practices. All families in shelter will be provided with basic necessities such as daily living supplies and personal hygiene items which they will be able to take with them when they leave shelter and move into their own housing. The agency plans to have a community garden to provide families with fresh vegetables, herbs, and relaxation; and a food pantry that it hopes will eventually be open to all Geauga County residents in need.
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