Shelter for Families with Children
Once we have established that you meet the basic requirements for our program we will contact you that an opening is available, you can come in and fill out a one page application. We will then have you sign papers allowing us to do a criminal history and Office of Family & Children check. These background checks are done for the safety of the other families, staff and visitors at the shelter. Neither check has to be totally clean. Once these reports are compiled (usually in a few hours) you will either be approved or given a reason why you can no longer be considered for our program. In some instances only one parent might be approved and as long as that is a custodial parent they will be allowed to move in with the children.
The intake will take about 1 ½ hours and will be done by our Program Director. This is a detailed sharing of information so you will begin to understand how our ‘home life’ works and we will learn about you and your family. All of the above can happen in the course of one day, and is only done during our normal business hours, Monday through Friday 9-5PM.
We can house seven families at a time. Each family will reside in a furnished one bedroom apartment unit. We provide sheets/blankets but not pillows. We will take you through our pantry and get your family set with hygiene items you need.
Parents are responsible for watching their children. We have a wonderful playground area with picnic tables and a grill (thank you Home Depot!) that you are encouraged to use.
If you do not have transportation, tokens for Recycle to Ride are available,as well as the use of our bicycles. We are walking distance to park and swimming pool (free family swim on Tuesday evenings). All school age children children must be enrolled in school the next school day following entry to Anchor House.
Our Program Director will begin working with you upon entry to get signed up for social services, apply for daycare vouches if needed, secure ID as we move you towards stability.
A few musts:
Attending and participating in life skills classes (nutrition, budgeting and parenting)
Adults cleaning their unit & passing inspections
Getting along with other families at the shelter
Saving 50% of all income
By the end of week two you must be employed and working at least 35 hours per week
Maintain your employment
Random drug and alcohol testing will be done if behaviors lend us to believe there is an issue during your stay
Not abiding by shelter rules can/will result in written warnings. The third warning you will begin an informal hearing process that could result in formal eviction.