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SURVIVAL BACKPACK

Street Outreach Survival Backpack Program provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness living on the streets with a backpack that includes a sleeping bag, bottled water, food, homeless ID card, community resource and referrals that would aid people into safely leaving the street and into an emergency shelter.


 

 

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AT THE DOOR 

Provides individuals and families enrolled in our program, who have moved beyond life on the streets with basic household items and furnishings. These items are donated to turn an empty space into a place they can call home.

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IDA’S HOUSE  

IDA’S HOUSE assists the youth of all ages (who are in need of immediate care). Once we make the first point of contact we connect them with emergency shelter and housing designated in our community, who would assist them with a safe place to stay. The services we offer help youth get back into high school, attend college, obtain clothing, ID’s, birth certificates and other documents needed to obtain employment. 

Our drop-in center provides a safe haven for youth.  To avoid youth just hanging out in the parks, bus depot, and other nonconventional places, with nowhere else to go, we give them a place to come.  Our drop-in center, gives youths access to a computer, get them registered for health care benefits, school, employment, transportation, clothing, personal care items, permanent housing referrals and one on one Life coaching.


 

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HEALTHY LIVIN' PREVENTIVE OUTREACH PROGRAM

Healthy Livin’ Preventative outreach program provides individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and living life on the services of the street that would help educate them of the importance of taking better care of themselves by getting the simplest preventive care starting with an annual checkup. This program provides assistance for people battling childhood obesity, plus adult and juvenile diabetes, and high blood pressure with prescription medication (s) and over the counter medical needs such as multivitamins allergy and cold medicine, and cough drops. 

The program also provides individuals and children with allergy bracelets that are very crucial for them to have when being out in public. We provide transportation costs, co-payment, an exercise and nutrition planner, plus get them to enrol in a local fitness center and a free Fitbit bracelet (while supplies permit).


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IN THE HANDS OF HOPE (AFTERCARE OUTREACH PROGRAM)

An aftercare outreach program that works with incarcerated inmates who were identified homeless at the time of their incarceration. Our Aftercare Specialist works one-on-one with each inmate to prepare their discharge action plan at the Kenosha County Detention Center and helps them transition back into mainstream society. Our services help inmates with their DCF Permanency Plan Order and Child Support Order that better help address those orders once they are released. Along with a courtesy care package of clothing, if needed.


 

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STEPPIN UP

Our Steppin’ Up program help assist grandparents and care providers, who are raising their grandchildren and other relatives in their homes, without financial means. We help provide them with basic needs to help all children a way to live a good productive life and grow to do well in school. This program works one on one with grandparents who have school-age children with annually school uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, food, and referrals to community services.
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OPENING DOORS HOMELESS YOUTH DROP-IN CENTER

The drop-in center is the first step toward youth accepting help from community social services that allow the trust to develop as it provides interaction between youth and society.
Which promotes the belief that youth are capable of reaching their goals and are capable of doing so in a safe and supportive community. With this approach, trust is established and youth are more likely to be inclined to consider other services offered in the community to leave the streets and into permanent housing.

Services include:

  • Individual Need Assessment 
  • Life Coaches 
  • Case Management 
  • Referrals 
  • Housing Placement 
  • Two Meals A Day
  • Clothing
  • Computer Access To eSchool
  • Personal Care Items 
  • Transportation

 

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BOUTIQUE FOR THE HOMELESS

Taylor Gabbylill Boutique is geared towards homeless individuals and families who are in need of clothing when they are donated. Individuals who are enrolled in our program may obtain a complete wardrobe of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Our clothing boutique is provided to the general residents of our community who is affected by natural disasters, rodent infestation and other unforeseen situations.


 

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SEED TO HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN

For the past ten years, we have seen a rise in the number of children on average who are battling obesity, juvenile diabetes and other health allergies. We’ve seen firsthand in our homeless youth program, how young people need to be educated on how to grow their own food.  Our community garden provides education and a space for youth, families, and community residents to learn how important all-natural grown foods are good for their bodies and how easy it is to grow these foods and where food comes from. While helping to save our environment by composting materials, seeds, and plants, plus we give them all the gardening materials needed at no cost to them. 

 

CADEN'S KITCHEN COOKING CLASS

Caden’ Kitchen is a cooking class program in conjunction with Our Seed to Harvest Community Garden. We teach cooking lessons and cultural cuisines using the finest fresh produce grown from our garden. The meals are a great way to serve a meal on the dinner table each night. While learning how to eliminate chemical process foods for their diet, combating hunger, social inequalities, and other health-related concerns. Each member receives a cookbook, apron, chef hat, kitchen utensils, recipes and a way to eat smart, healthy and happy too.

 

TRANQUILITY VETERANS GARDEN

Provides a horticultural therapeutic and Botanic Garden space for all military active duty personnel, veterans, and their families. In collaboration with the Veterans Administration Medical Clinic, we help individuals with garden techniques, stretching exercises, yoga, herbal challenges for PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse recovery live a healthy lifestyle at no cost to them. This program provides referrals to counseling with professional behavior health providers, housing assisting for homeless veterans, along with art activities, daily outings such as fishing, bowling, basketball, and children family activities. 

 

OUR HELPING HANDS

Is an ongoing commitment of helping military active duty, military personnel, veterans, and their families acquire basic perishable and nonperishable food items and personal care items, when they are needed. This program works on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, distribution is under one location, but only when donations are given.    


 

 

DONATIONS NEEDED

Help Us End Homelessness In America by Donating to provide a Survival Backpack to a Homeless Person in need.

Please donate today.

THANK YOU!