New Haven was created to provide a loving, safe, therapeutic community within an independent housing complex. Star of Hope set out to help chronically homeless women who have been diagnosed with mental illness find a “lasting home” and to have a stable place to heal and become whole. We moved in our first five clients in May 2012.
With diagnoses ranging from anxiety disorder to schizophrenia, these ladies find encouragement from staff AND each other, to make lasting changes in their lives so that they can live independently and remain stable. While there are greater program goals, staff works with each client to create personal goals which are challenging, but attainable. Our staff guides, encourages, cheers and admonishes clients as they work to increase income (apply for benefits, obtain employment), address health issues (physical and mental), and work toward reconciliation (with family, church, community).
Many programs like New Haven wait months or years to see outstanding success in the lives of their clients. Success is measured on a programmatic level, but individual success can be a slow process. Read Amy's* story, Time To Take Off The Training Wheels, and learn more about New Haven.
*Amy's name has been changed to protect her privacy.