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Gift from Lincoln Financial Foundation helps single moms break cycle of homelessness

Saturday, September 20, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Gift from Lincoln Financial Foundation helps single moms break cycle of homelessness at RHD’s Endow-A-Home

Contact: Kevin Roberts, RHD Communications
215-951-0300 (ext. 3714) or kevinr@rhd.org

Single mothers and their children trying to break the cycle of homelessness will get a boost from the Lincoln Financial Foundation through a generous gift to RHD’s Endow-A-Home.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation awarded a grant of $15,000 was awarded to Endow-A-Home, which this year will celebrate 25 years of helping mothers move from homelessness to homeownership as one of the most successful homelessness programs in the country. Ninety percent of Endow-A-Home’s formerly homeless women now hold jobs. Eighty percent have completed GED, college, and/or masters/professional programs.

Endow-A-Home provides homes for as many as 45 mothers and their children at any given time. Only mothers with children are eligible, and are able to select a home of their choice from available houses covered by a Section 8 subsidy. Endow-A-Home’s success is based on comprehensive long-term case management and support services that help motivated mothers achieve self-sufficiency and a stable life for their family.

“We’re honored by the support from the Lincoln Financial Foundation,” Endow-A-Home director Cynthia Brooks said. “Our mothers come to us most often with no GED, no high school, many fighting addiction, some with a criminal history, almost all of them coming from a situation of domestic violence, they all have children they’re trying to raise. This gift will allow us to help more mothers turn their lives around.”

Lincoln Financial Foundation’s gift will provide for case management and life skills education for the mothers as well as the young teens in Sisters of Soul (girls) and Young Lions (boys). Case managers work with families by first connecting them with resources that help them begin their journey to self-reliance, including substance abuse treatment, legal assistance, health care, and educational and career opportunities. Staff members guide each family in setting a series of goals, all designed toward gaining formal education, choosing careers, and attaining home ownership.
 
The journey toward self-sufficiency is enhanced by a series of educational and enrichment workshops and activities which prepare the women for the workplace, for personal and economic self-reliance, and for home ownership. Each eight-week session is led by an experienced outside consultant; four to five workshops are offered each year. Many workshop topics focus on financial self-sufficiency: educational and career planning, household budgeting, personal responsibility, personal credit and credit repair, and home ownership. Other life skills topics include self-esteem, effective parenting, positive communication, and healthy relationships.

Endow-A-Home is a program of Resources for Human Development.


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