Bridges to Self-Sufficiency
Bridges to Self-Sufficiency provides affordable housing opportunities for single women and women with children to reestablish themselves in employment or return to school to improve their employment situations.
Currently Bridges serves 19 women with supportive transitional living. Women must be employed, pay 30% of their income for rent, and demonstrate a strong desire to become independent.
Case management includes weekly home visits and monthly life-skills training, so that at the end of the two-year program, clients have the knowledge and skills to live independently and be contributing members of the community.
Casa Milagro provides transitional housing services in a single site residential care facility for women 35 or older with chronic mental illness. The 18-month program provides extensive case management designed to help them learn healthy lifestyles, including exercise, good nutrition, and adherence to medical and drug therapies.
After a professional assessment, each woman helps develop her own individual treatment plan and goals. Services are designed to increase the residents’ independent living skills, while connecting them to appropriate community resources. The women also participate in group, individual, and art therapy.
Upon graduation, they are encouraged to participate in AfterCare, a Barrett Foundation support program created to ease the transition into independent living. More than 80% of the graduates are able to live independently, and graduates are eligible to move into Casa Verde.