Women veterans have greater homelessness risks than male veterans, and their homeless numbers are rising. PTSD, hypertension and depression are the top three reported health issues among women veterans. (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs). Our Firm Foundations program provides a safe environment for the women to address their issues through the support groups, specific group sessions and our Strengthening the Inner Me” workshops. Our case management assists in helping to navigate resources that will provide the employment, education and other goals of the program participants.
The major issues that women face after release from prison are: Re-establishing a home and family life, including regaining legal and physical custody of children; finding affordable housing; securing employment that pays a sufficient income; and meeting other basic needs. Our Strengthening the Inner Me” program that we take into the Northeast Ohio Reintegration Center helps prepare the women for reentry into their community. The first phase of assistance is providing shared living housing, if needed, and assistance in gaining skills that will equip the women to obtain employment that can lead to a career.
Ariya’s House, a 4 bedroom house acquired from the Cuyahoga County Land Bank, provides safe supportive housing for up to five homeless women. They can reside in the house for up to 2 years while they receive professional assistance in developing a “reintegration plan” that will allow them to have a roadmap to successfully re-enter society. Our goal is to provide an environment that equips the women with hope, encouragement and tools that will empower them to live a healthy life-style.