Established in 1999, Gilead House provides a stable home environment for low-income, vulnerable, and often homeless single mothers and their children. Our 24-month program offers women the opportunity to learn vital skills in a supportive environment so our residents can make permanent changes in their life. The cultivation of self-esteem takes place in a home - not a shelter or institution. It is there where the transformation from homelessness to self-reliance and a future filled with promise takes place.
Each resident brings about changes for herself and her family in a multi-tiered and multi-faceted infrastructure of relationships including a personal mentor, a case manager, life skills teachers, the other families, and a large base of volunteers who help create a learning and loving community. The main components of the program include a strong focus on education, family advocacy, mental health support, mentoring, and personal goal-setting. Through each of these avenues, the residents learn independence and self-sufficiency and make plans for life beyond transitional housing.
While at Gilead House, our residents receive:
Housing: the foundation. Providing residents with a safe, sober, and stable living environment offers a safe harbor from which each can develop the skills and tools needed to succeed.
Community: the support. Providing case management on individual needs and incorporating relationship-building into each aspect of our program.
Education: the opportunity. Providing a path towards increased earning potential by supporting our residents in acquiring the education and skills needed to function without assistance.
Mental Health: the healing. Providing the tools and skills needed to navigate the challenges of life and address the effects of traumatic experiences of the past.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandala