Barrett House was founded in 1985 as an emergency shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness. It now provides an average of 22,000 meals, 7,000 bed nights, and over 1,000 hours of case management a year for more than 800 women and children.
In addition to receiving housing and meals, each client works with a case manager to set short and long term goals to help rebuild their self-esteem, develop the skills they need to live independently, move to stable housing, and lead productive lives.
Clients receive life skills training in parenting, financial literacy, stress and time management, and career development. They also receive assistance and information regarding health care, childcare, employment, substance abuse treatment, and mental health care.
Our state-of-the-art facility offers comfortable beds in semi-private rooms; each woman and child is assigned their own bed, closet and nightstand. There are three family “suites” with attached baths for mothers with three or more children.
Two meals are served each day in addition to a sack lunch, and clients are provided with toiletries and clothing. Barrett House has a family room, library with computers, laundry facilities and indoor and outdoor play areas for the children. Barrett House is the entry point for our other programs.