When Families are in Crisis
Catastrophic life events, serious, persistent and chronic behavioral health challenges and/or lack of parenting skills can lead to a disruption of familial safety, stability, well-being and unity. When disruption occurs in the form of children placed in foster care and/or homelessness, Methodist can provide the intensive supports and services necessary to stabilize the family and restore their lives.
In 2014-15, Methodist Services launched its newest permanent housing program, Hope Bridge. This new home, which serves 20 chronically homeless women, will provide residents with permanent long-term housing, offering a safe, secure and clean place to live. In addition to a stable home, our staff provides Hope Bridge residents with case management services giving them the chance to develop the skills they need to live on their own. By providing support for mental health; training on money management and home making skills; encouraging the pursuit of education; and helping residents to find vocational training and employment, we hope to end the cycle of homelessness for these women. Although we will support our Hope Bridge residents for as long as they need us, ultimately, residents will be encouraged to find homes of their own and learn to live as successful members of the larger community.
Monument Village and Fairway Commons Housing
Families who have experienced homelessness can obtain HUD-subsidized homes either in townhouse style units on Methodist’s 22-acre campus or in nearby apartments. We support these families through case management services and by providing access to child care and behavioral health services. Families are encouraged to pursue educational advancement, employment and other means of self–sufficiency while in residence. With the ultimate goal being to become independent, this program supports families until that goal is achieved.
Fresh Start and Quads Housing
Older youth and young adults, ages 18-21, who are in the process of or who have aged out of the foster care system can obtain subsidized one-bedroom apartments either on Methodist’s 22-acre campus or in community based sites.
On our main campus we support young women who may be single, pregnant or have an infant when they enter our program. Our housing program for young men is located in a local neighborhood, where our social workers offer ongoing case management and guidance. The goals of these programs are to prevent homelessness by offering stable housing and to break the cycle of DHS care, through effective case management and behavioral health services. Residents are encouraged to pursue educational advancement, vocational training, employment and other means of self-sufficiency. We provide training focused around essential life skills and successful independent living while connections to caring family members and mentors are supported.
Shelter Plus Care/Family Unification Program/ Blueprint for Homelessness
Families who have been involved with Philadelphia’s DHS child welfare system and need housing to become stable, receive housing solutions and supportive services. Children and their families who are living in shelters, are assisted by case managers to qualify for, identify and retain appropriate housing. Child safety and family empowerment are the focus.
Bridge House Transitional Housing
Bridge House serves women who come from shelters by providing a safe and supportive home where they may live for up to twelve months while developing self-sufficiency. Case managers and mentors assist these women in developing money management and home making skills, provide support for mental health, address issues of safety and physical health, and encourage pursuit of education, vocational training and employment. Women are assisted in obtaining permanent housing upon discharge.
Adoption and Foster/Kinship Care
Children who cannot live with their parents deserve a family who can care for them forever. Through traditional family foster care and in homes where children are cared for by a relative or family friend (kinship care), we seek to create safe and nurturing homes for children who have been abused or neglected. For children who can return home, support is provided to their families in an effort to resolve issues that lead to outside placement. Within kinship families, permanent custody is sought as an option to keep families together.
Families who wish to adopt special needs children, older children and sibling groups are welcomed to enquire. Children may receive profiles of their own history, counseling to prepare for adoption and families may receive post-permanency services.
For more information on adoption and foster/kinship care, please contact Mary Kasper, Director of Children’s Services, at 215-877-1925, x 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org