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Growing Home

We envision the community working together so all kids and families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. By giving both generations in each family intensive support, we help struggling families find long-term success.

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Collaborative Coaching

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Single Parents
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Through Collaborative coaching Growing Home supports resiliency for families who are experiencing poverty and stress by pairing them with Family Success Coaches to increase long-term outcomes across five area of well-being.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Forty-seven families have participated in the program since starting two years ago, and 65% of them have shown measurable improvements on the path to self-sufficiency and beyond. Twenty-two families completed the 18-24 month program at this event, the program's first graduation. Another 20 families are currently participating in the program.

Nurturing Children

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Growing Home provides families with a pipeline of programs to nurture early development and prepare children for a lifetime of success. Programs are guided by current research and trends in early childhood development and are offered in both English and Spanish. Participants also receive wrap-around support through Growing Home's Strengthening Families programs.

Growing Home's dual-generation pipeline includes:
- Parents as Teachers (PAT): Getting children ready to succeed in school
- Seedlings Parent Institute: Preparing parents and babies for a lifetime of learning

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Increase parenting skills and involvement in early childhood development: 90% of participants will learn new parenting techniques and how to bond with their children.
- Decrease cases of child abuse and neglect: 90% of participants will learn about child development stages and specific, age appropriate discipline techniques.
- Improve children's school readiness and school success through enhanced overall development

Strengthening Families: Homelessness

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Families
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens

Description

Growing Home's Strengthening Families programs help parents keep their families stable, resilient, and healthy.
- Interfaith Family Shelter: Growing Home provides temporary housing under the Canopy Program for children and their families and assist their move out of crisis. Using the Interfaith Hospitality Network Model, families stay in the Canopy Program shelter for up to 90 days with personalized case management and a "neighbor to neighbor" approach that reconnects homeless families into the community. Ongoing follow up services bolster their self sufficiency.
- Homeless Prevention: Growing Home works to prevent family homelessness by stabilizing families with emergency financial rent and mortgage assistance, and crisis intervention and referrals. Growing Home connects over 3,500 families each year with the help they need.
- AffordableTransformational Housing: Growing Home develops and maintains affordable housing for families. We currently operate 18 affordable and 2 transformational housing units. Transformational housing participants work to move out of poverty long-term by achieving additional education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Help homeless families move into stable housing: 60% of families who complete the shelter program will move into stable housing.
- Assist families in securing and or maintaining stable housing: 75% of families will remain stably housed 3 months after receiving homeless prevention services

Strengthening Families: Nutrition & Healthy Living

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Families
General Public/Unspecified
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Growing Home's Strengthening Families programs help parents keep their families stable, resilient, and healthy.
- Food Pantry: More than 300 families visit Growing Home's food pantry each month to receive a 3-day emergency food box. We strive to offer nutritionally sound food options. Each client "shops" for their family using a point system based on the USDA's "My Plate" guidelines. Families receive individualized intake and resource counseling and may return once per month for food. The Feeding Family Food Pantry serves families with children under the age of 18. Last year, more than half of the families who shopped in our food pantry reported annual incomes less than $15,000.
- Hygiene Items & Diapers: Families receive items as needed, when they are available.
- Twice monthly, children and adults receive free medical services through our pop-up medical clinic.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- Assist families to increase their knowledge of resources and receive emergency assistance: Distribute 4,000 three day supplies of healthy food to households with children.
- Increase families' knowledge of health and nutrition.
- Families without a medical home will receive medical services to keep children and parents healthy.

Connecting Community

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Growing Home connects community by encouraging families, volunteers, and community members from all walks of life to share in the responsibility of solving community problems. This approach fosters confidence and leads to sustainable outcomes for all.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Blocks of Hope offers the following programs:
Early Learning Opportunities
Parents as Teachers
Cradling Literacy classes
Head Start Pre-School and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)
Parenting Support
Incredible Years
Student Success
Weekly after-school tutoring
School supplies
Family Support
Crisis prevention and assistance
Case management
Resources and referrals
Healthcare
Clothing
Nutritious food

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