Our staff of highly trained social workers and housing coordinators partner with our families to define the path that will ultimately lead them to obtaining and maintaining housing.
Our social workers are trained to partner in all aspects of a family’s life to give direction on reaching their goals, especially with financial literacy, vocational counseling, children’s education and health and wellness. They meet the families where they are and help them get to where they want to go.
CFH works through five program areas to serve our homeless families:
- Shelter-to-Housing Placement with a Rental Subsidy: We have three shelters that can house a total of 25 families to address the immediate need of homelessness and set a path back for housing, along with vouchers for short-term rental assistance for 100+ families.
- Clinical Family Social Work: Clinically-trained social workers partner with families to counsel, motivate and intervene in all aspects of the family’s life during their progression in our program.
- Vocational Counseling: Through collaboration with career development agencies like Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont, our families receive hard and soft skills training to help them become job ready.
- Volunteer Engagement: We have multiple opportunities for volunteers to engage with families, ranging from one-off events like tutoring a child in a shelter, to short-term engagements where churches can host a week of chaperoning at a shelter, to long-term relationship building through Hope Teams (volunteers who are trained and matched with participating families to form intentional relationships of encouragement and support, offering a natural support system that often extends beyond the family’s exit from our program).
- Empowerment and Accountability: Social workers and volunteers are trained to motivate and transact with our families by offering interest-free microloans (for medical emergencies or times of unemployment), interest-free and below-market car loans, matched savings accounts, and a holiday store where families budget for and purchase gifts for a portion of the price, thereby preserving dignity and self-esteem, increasing personal accountability, and decreasing dependency.