Our model of providing a stable homelike shelter and offering ongoing, comprehensive assistance with housing and job placement, while supporting the emotional and social needs of parents and children alike, helps to empower more than 300 families each year with the resources, personalized solutions, and support network they need to build brighter futures.
We partner with families as they work toward achieving long-term stable housing and financial independence. Ours is a nurturing and supportive process that emphasizes the importance of strong families and personal dignity. We take a highly interactive approach, customizing services for each family and each family member, but the work is collaborative. We believe each individual has the ability to achieve their own success.
Integral to helping families break the generational cycle of poverty is ensuring that children achieve academic success. Raphael House supports educational achievement by helping kids of every age develop a passion and love for learning.Raphael House provides thorough K-12 academic support to our children to help ensure they achieve and maintain success in school. We offer extensive academic tutoring, enrichment activities, scholarships for extracurricular pursuits, and mentoring throughout the school year for both the children and teens in our Residential Shelter Program and those we serve through our Bridge Program. Our Academic Enrichment Program serves 100 or more children each year, and 90% of these children show improved academic performance.
90% of the children enrolled in Academic Enrichment show improved performance.
Residential Shelter Program
Our stable home-like shelter provides parents and children a warm and safe family-centered community where they participate in a wide range of services that strengthen the whole family as they work toward achieving long-term stable housing and financial independence. More than 85% of all the families we serve through our Residential Shelter Program go on to achieve long-term stable housing. Parents living at Raphael House receive intensive case management, housing, career-building and job placement services, mental-health counseling, and educational workshops in areas such as financial literacy, parenting, and wellness.
Children in our program receive services that support—and engage their parents in supporting—healthy emotional and intellectual development. Once families move on from Residential Shelter they have access to an extensive continuum of support through our Bridge Program.
85% of families leaving our shelter achieve stable housing. Serves up to 60 families each year
We are committed to helping families reach and maintain long-term stability by supporting them with the resources and connections they need to move beyond poverty. Our innovative Bridge Program provides families from our Residential Shelter Program and families from the broader community with long-term case management; mental-health counseling; career building and job placement services; K-12 academic tutoring and mentoring; financial support for academic and extracurricular activities; educational workshops in areas such as financial literacy, parenting, and wellness; children’s services; and social activities and outings aimed at strengthening the family bond. On average, 90% of families who actively participate in the program maintain long-term housing and financial stability.
Our Bridge Program serves more than 300 families each year. 90% maintain long-term housing and financial stability.
Creating structured daily routines is crucial to each child’s development, laying the groundwork for achieving long-term success in their personal and academic lives. We encourage children in our Residential Shelter Program to cultivate their creativity and imagination through story-telling, songs, games, dance, and arts and crafts activities. Partnering with their parents, we seek to engage the minds and hearts of the whole child, opening up around them a world to explore and experience. Our children’s programming is an interactive model of engagement in which we work closely with both children and their parents, using a combination of structure, play, and parent education to foster each child’s development, reinforce healthy family bonds, and build self-confidence. Through the Children’s Evening Program we serve at least 100 children each year; more than 85% of these children show marked improvements in their social and emotional behavior.