Supportive Housing Program

Program Goal: Our goal is to return homeless/recovering women and their children to the economic and social mainstream by providing supportive housing programs and services. Target Population: Homeless/recovering/dually-diagnosed women and their children; those listed by Hennepin County as the “hardest to serve”. Program Summary: Our Supportive Housing Program provides services to a clientele of homeless women and their children as described below. At the time of their acceptance into the program, our residents are in terrible shape with multiple issues including only 90 days of sobriety (a program requirement). Their risk factors create enormous barriers to a productive and rewarding life for themselves and their children. Perspectives’ case managers work with the residents to begin removing barriers from day one. When first accepted into the program our residents move into a completely furnished apartment, which sets Perspectives apart from other supportive housing programs. They then begin to develop with their case manager their program-life plan, which includes: gaining job skills/education, remaining sober, stabilizing their mental health issues and learning positive parenting skills.
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The following is a typical profile of a woman living in our Supportive Housing Program:

  • Homeless and a single parent.
  • Unemployed with limited job skills.
  • Lacks education and job history.
  • Receives public assistance.
  • History with court system.
  • Dually-diagnosed as both mentally ill and a recovering addict.
  • Has lost most of her possessions and has several unlawful detainers.
  • Is a victim of physical and sexual abuse.
  • Has a childhood history of abuse.
  • Has a limited support system.
  • Has extremely limited money management skills.

Program Statistics 2014:

  • Total women housed:
    69
  • Total children housed:
    129
  • Residents employed, in school or job training:
    67%
  • Average school attendance rate for school year:
    89%
  • Maintained sobriety in 2014:
    72%
  • Residents who celebrated 12 months or more of sobriety:
    58%
  • Percentage of families who moved into permanent housing:
    68%

Perspectives Parenting Time Program

Program Goal: Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to meet with their non-residential parents and to provide parenting support for at-risk parents. Target Population: Children with parents under court order for supervised visitation. Program Summary: Parenting Time reunites traumatized/abused children with parents who are court ordered for supervision. Parents and children who have been ripped apart through addictions, abuse, and mental health issues become reunited through parent coaches and curriculum. The program services are designed to interrupt destructive cycles so that children can once again feel safe with a parent who is committed to reestablishing trust and care for their child.
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The following is a typical profile of a family seeking services from our Parenting Time Program:

  • Homeless and a single parent.
  • Unemployed with limited job skills.
  • Lacks education and job history.
  • Receives public assistance.
  • History with court system.
  • Dually-diagnosed as both mentally ill and a recovering addict.
  • Has lost most of her possessions and has several unlawful detainers.
  • Is a victim of physical and sexual abuse.
  • Has a childhood history of abuse.
  • Has a limited support system.
  • Has extremely limited money management skills.

Program Statistics 2014:

  • Total families served:
    107
  • Total children served:
    149
  • Total adults served:
    214
  • Sessions of supervised visitation:
    956
  • Sessions of child exchange:
    507
  • Percentage of parents who report being satisfied/highly satisfied with services:
    86%
  • Parents showing measurable increase in parenting skills:
    72%

Perspectives Parenting Time Payments

Do you take part in the Perspectives Parenting Time Program? If you do, you can make a payment here.

Perspectives Clinical Services Program

Program Goal: Our goal is to increase access to chemical and mental health services for homeless and at-risk families and children. This program has proven to be essential for advancing our clients capacity to maintain their sobriety, become an effective parent and ultimately a better citizen Program Summary: Our mental health services include a partnership, The Main Street Collaborative, that combines the chemical health services provided by Wayside House with the mental health services offered through Perspectives in order to more effectively serve dual-diagnosed women living in Perspectives’ and Wayside’s Supportive Housing Programs. The program also includes: Adult Rehabilitation Mental Health Services (ARMHS) which provides skills-building around the following: interpersonal communication, community resource utilization and integration, crisis assistance, relapse prevention, health care directives, budgeting and shopping, healthy lifestyle skills and practices, cooking and nutrition, transportation, medication education, household management, employment-related skills, transition to community living, and community intervention.
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The following is a typical profile of a client receiving mental health services:

  • Homeless and a single parent.
  • Unemployed with limited job skills.
  • Lacks education and job history.
  • Receives public assistance.
  • History with court system.
  • Dually-diagnosed as both mentally ill and a recovering addict.
  • Has lost most of her possessions and has several unlawful detainers.
  • Is a victim of physical and sexual abuse.
  • Has a childhood history of abuse.
  • Has a limited support system.
  • Has extremely limited money management skills.

Program Statistics 2014:

  • Total women served:
    81
  • Children served:
    17
  • Percentage who have successfully completed treatment:
    63%
  • Residents who maintained sobriety after entrance:
    64%
  • Clients reporting an increased quality of life:
    73%
  • Increase in resident retention:
    32%
  • Hours of clinical service provided:
    3,262
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Perspectives Employment Program

Program Goal: Our goal is to increase access to chemical and mental health services for homeless and at-risk families and children. This program has proven to be essential for advancing our clients capacity to maintain their sobriety, become an effective parent and ultimately a better citizen Target Population: Hennepin County Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) recipients. Program Summary: The purpose of our in-house employment office is to get residents back to work. We provide assessments, training, a Job Club, resources for obtaining a GED, childcare, transportation, assistance for secondary education, and advocacy with employers. We have found that it is not a client’s lack of desire that stands in the way of employment, but rather numerous barriers, including: lack of high school diploma or GED, transportation, child care, criminal background, and/or lack of employment history, combined with mental instability and lack of sobriety. Still, “getting a job” is only one goal listed in our residents’ individual Program Plan. Retaining employment and positioning one’s self for advancement is critical to long-term change. Achieving self-sufficiency hinges on our program’s ability to provide long-term (minimum 18 months) services. We need this time to rebuild self-esteem (foundation to success), inspire self-sufficiency (motivation), and develop realistic aspirations (contentment); all attributes that are essential to restoring the client’s dignity.
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Program Statistics 2014:

  • Total served:
    248
  • Total employment placements:
    31%
  • Three-month job retention:
    95%
  • Average pay:
    $12.40/hour
  • Average hours worked:
    28.1 hours/week