For formerly homeless families, especially single mothers with children, having access to supplemental resources and a support network can make the difference between staying housed and homelessness. The Aftercare program provides comprehensive support services to families who have moved into stable housing. The program is designed to provide continual support to women who are living in their own homes but are still in need of case management. The program helps families to maintain stable housing, social benefits and independence. Former residents of Gabriel’s Horn who chose to participate in the Aftercare Program benefit from having a support network and access to resources. The aftercare program can help women stay stably housed and prevent future episodes of homelessness. The aftercare program assists women with maintaining independence through advocacy, seeking employment and maintaining social benefits.
To help clients develop coping skills to deal with stressors in their life, Gabriel’s Horn offers individual and group counseling. Gabriel’s Horn has partnered with Porter County Family Counseling Center in order to provide individual and group counseling for all residents. Gabriel’s Horn also offers on site individual counseling from our trained interns. Residents meet with a therapist weekly for individual counseling. Residents also meet as a group at the counseling center to receive training on topics such as relationship building, anger management, communication skills and time management.
Case management services help link residents to community resources and help residents stabilize the problems associated with homelessness. Case management helps residents attain social benefits, stable housing, and meaningful employment and aims to remove obstacles that often prevent residents from independence and self-sufficiency such as legal and financial obstacles. Case management fosters independence by encouraging residents to utilize their own skills and resources to meet their needs and achieve goals. Residents participate in weekly case management sessions in order to work on achieving goals such as education, employment and housing.
Gabriel’s Horn also offers Yoga classes bimonthly to all residents. Yoga provides many health benefits such as improved flexibility, increased strength, better concentration, better breathing, improved posture and increased relaxation. Yoga provides a means of helping residents cope with the daily stressors associated with
Gabriel's Horn provides its residents transportation to work, appointments and school. As with all of our services, there is no charge to the residents.
Through the generosity of a community volunteer, Gabriel’s Horn has been able to offer art lessons to all the residents on a regular basis. Art lessons can provide a means of self-expression, decrease stress levels and increase awareness. Art class also provides the residents the opportunity to enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
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