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Prevention Program

Madonna House Mission:  “To Empower Change to Break the Cycle of Instability.”

Madonna House is expanding our regular services with our prevention program. Madonna House Homelessness Prevention Program is broken into three components. The components focus on the following: prevention for at risk for homelessness individuals and families, preventative skills for individuals and families who are homeless and following up with individuals and families who were homeless and working towards maintaining stable housing.

Our Program activities include but are not limited to:

  • Self-Reliance
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Debt Reduction
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Job/Interview Skills
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Time Management
  • Parent/Child Bonding
  • Parenting Skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Stress Management
  • Self Esteem
  • Other general life skills
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Substance Abuse Issues
  • Education Preparation
  • Locating Daycare
  • Nutrition
  • Recreational
  • Independent Housing
  • Advocacy/Referrals
  • Physical Fitness
  • Locating Employment
  • Transportation Issues


Homeless or imminent risk of homelessness

Main Components

  • Career Planning and Professional Development: The HPA (Homelessness Prevention Advocate) will design an individual development plan describing training and career goals as well as the approaches they will take to achieve those goals. The HPA will review and revisit the plan on a regular basis to assist and change those needs. The HPA will also meet with individual to discuss their progress on their goals and identify and resolve any difficulties carrying out their work. Prepare for interviews, review resumes and encourage job searches. The HPA will help to encourage and uplift individuals to develop to their fullest potential. The HPA will also help individuals to develop his or her own vision for the future.
  • Communication Skills: The HPA will help individuals to improve ability to communicate in personal and work related settings. The HPA will work individually to help enhance their writing skills by working with them to develop resumes and cover letters using the Microsoft office programs.
  • Housing Options: Housing options and service plans begin with initial contact. Once income is identified, housing options can range from public housing, transitional housing, non-subsided housing, or other subsided housing. HPA will assist in completing applications and identifying plans for maintaining housing once housing is identified.
  • Advocacy/Referrals: Assist them through the maze of public bureaucracy and help them receive services they qualify for such as healthcare, work, and legal assistance, childcare, etc.

Outcome Goals and Evaluations Plans:

  • Families will find transitional or permanent housing. 40% or more participants will be no longer than 60 days (Emergency Shelter Clients Only). 20% or more will gain permanent housing destinations before entering into shelter. 40% or more will exit to permanent housing destination. 40% or more participants completing program will maintain permanent housing 3 months after discharge. 30% or more participants completing program will maintain permanent housing for 6 months after discharge. 20% or more participants completing program will maintain permanent housing for one year.
  • Families will have basic life skills to succeed in jobs in the region. 20% or more of participants will be employed at program exit.
  • Residents teach their children healthy lifestyles by making healthy choices and modeling appropriate behaviors and norms. 90% of school-aged children will be enrolled in school within 72 hours of program entry.
  • Families are knowledge of available resources. 20% or more of participants that obtained mainstream benefits.
  • Families receiving case management services. 100% of participants receiving case management at least monthly. 50% or more of at risk participants provide with preventative case management services. 85% or more of at risk for homeless seeking services will have contact with preventive services within 72 hours of initial contact.