Family Partnerships Program
Inside our Family Partnership Program
Our Family Partnerships Program supports families in identifying and developing personal strengths and assets in order to take an empowered and knowledgeable approach in navigating the often frightening and frustrating terrain of homelessness.
Why it’s important
Parents living in shelters must “parent in public” while dealing with issues related to finding work, securing housing, and interacting with several different social service agencies and providers. They do so with limited time and transportation options – and few financial resources – against a backdrop of exceptional stress. Our highly trained staff understands the issues our families face; they help parents set achievable goals and build their self-confidence.
How we do it
On a practical level, our staff members serve as valuable intermediaries between the parents we serve and the complex tangle of meetings and assessments they must deal with. Where appropriate, we coordinate services with outside agencies, assist in obtaining vouchers and submitting funding applications, and help families comply with various program requirements, so that their children remain eligible for our early education services.
Using Mobility MentoringTM, our Family Advocates work with each family to help them develop goals and a plan to achieve those goals, and assist them in accessing resources, including education, job training, other services.
Once a family is permanently housed, we work with parents to support their long-term success, so that the cycle of homelessness can be permanently broken. We support their search for and transition to kindergarten programs across Boston. For the 2016-2017 school year, we supported 42 families in kindergarten placements for their children.
Horizons partners with organizations including EMPath, Homes for Families, and Project Hope to connect parents with much needed services, including job training, housing support, and more.