The program commits to supporting a newly-housed partner for one year, in four key ways:
- Financial support: Each team contributes $1,800 to support the program and provide gap funding for things their partners need, like bus passes or medications.
- Material support: Prior to move-in, teams gather donations from their congregations and friends of furniture and other household goods to set their partners up in their new homes.
- Practical support: Throughout the year, team members help meet the practical needs of their partners, by taking them grocery shopping or to appointments, helping them work out budgets, tutoring them for GED classes, or other assistance their partners may need.
- Relational support: Most importantly, team members meet regularly with the individual or family they’re partnered with to share information, build relationships, and function as a support system for their partners as they stabilize in their first year of permanent housing.
The All Souls’ Hope to Home team has graciously and sensitively formed a close relationship with their partner. The team and this community have helped furnish an apartment and have worked to provide her a new start in Asheville. The relationship is by no means one-way.
Head of Hope to Home team: Bill Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org)