Our Helen Wright Center for Women provides safe shelter, warm food, and genuine care to as many as 36 homeless women each night. Caseworkers connect clients to services in the community. Each woman’s story—and need—is unique. We recently converted 12 of our 36 spots to emergency overnight beds, more than doubling the number of women receiving at least one night of shelter from weather and violence. Volunteers bring meals every day and donate simple amenities – blankets, socks, soap and shampoo – things you miss when you don’t have a home.
While the crisis is lack of a home, the opportunity is for life-changing counseling, gainful employment and a path home. Experienced caseworkers consult daily with each of the 24 women in our “program beds,” helping to open doors and opportunities for healthcare, mental healthcare, trauma counseling, life-skills training, vocational preparedness, job search skills, and the soft skills that make the difference between a trajectory up toward home, or a downward spiral to homelessness. We are in the planning stages of similar programs for women who don’t feel ready for our program beds, but who stay for one to 7 nights in an emergency bed. Our goal is to help them, too, find a way out of the cycle; a path home.