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Our basic program offers residential services for a period of four to eight months. The purpose of our structured environment is to help women develop an inner discipline that will assist them in leading independent, productive lives. Women who wish to enter the program complete two interviews before being chosen for entry. Each woman who is accepted into Marian House receives a full orientation after her arrival. Each resident enters into a contractual agreement to accept responsibility for contributing to her own personal growth as well as to the common good of the program. Each resident sets counseling goals and creates a plan for achieving these goals. Program compliance is also monitored. For the first four to eight months, each Marian House resident focuses on her personal development. She receives intensive counseling and follows a structured program that includes cooking and cleaning chores, curfews, regular drug testing, and commitment to a savings plan. Encouraged by staff members, she renews positive relationships and begins to establish a new support system. Once she has demonstrated constructive life skills and met initial goals, she is ready for more autonomy.
Marian House I
Marian House has a full time employment counselor who assists each resident with developing a comprehensive employment plan which includes pre-employment activities (i.e. resume writing, interview training, job search assistance, job development, and employment retention). Residents also benefit from services offered by the full time education coordinator and access to our education center. Each resident receives an educational assessment during which time areas of strengths and weaknesses are identified and education plans are developed. Marian House partners with the Greater Homewood Community Corporation to provide an onsite GED class. Individual tutoring and self-directed study are also provided.
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Marian House II
After completing six to eight months in the Marian House I program and obtaining employment as well as accomplishing other goals, women are given the option to either move to the community or to transition to one of our Marian House II programs.
At Marian House II, women continue to live in community settings with other women, in either row homes or at our central Marian House II facility on old York Road that houses 9 women. They receive support services and work on the goals of Marian House I but with a less structured and more independent living environment. Case Management and crisis intervention services are provided throughout the week. The Case Manager’s office is located at the central facility, and she also travels to visit the women who live in the community row homes. In these environments women continue to be responsible for chores, establishing savings, and continuing in their recovery. Monthly house meetings are held and other workshops and groups are required. The education and employment services located at the Marian House program center continue to be available to residents of Marian House II.
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Once ready for independent living Marian House scattered site Shelter Plus Care program and Serenity Place are permanent housing options for some Marian House women. Marian House permanent housing placements include case management and access to support services such as educational and employment assistance as needed. Rental assistance is provided to the residents through a Shelter Plus Care grant received by Marian House. This grant ensures that rent payments are not more than 30% of the families’ annual income.
Serenity Place is located at 932 Gorsuch Avenue, across the street from our program center. The site is an old school building that was renovated as part of a joint effort between Homes for America, Inc. and Marian House. Homes for America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit housing corporation which specializes in developing and preserving housing for low and moderate income households and special needs populations.
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