For over 26 years Thomas House has provided rent-free shelter, as well as food and supplies, for homeless families with children. In return, each family is required to save 80% of their income after necessary expenses, enabling families to build savings and learn life skills. The average stay at Thomas House is just over nine months.
Thomas House supports families with case management to help identify issues that led to homelessness, create plans, and set achievable goals. In addition, if a family is in need of legal services or medical/dental care, they are linked to affordable service providers.
Thomas House provides therapy to improve emotional and mental health among our families. Residents are required to attend five counseling sessions which are so helpful that 90% of residents choose to continue counseling beyond the minimum requirement.
The HPI program was designed to prevent families from becoming homeless. With an initial grant from the city of Garden Grove we were able to keep nearly 30 children from becoming victims of these tragic economic times. We are continuing our HPI program and through a $100,000 grant from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County will be able to help families with young children from anywhere in Orange County. Should you know a family who needs rental assistance to prevent homelessness email Nancy Linares, Case Manager for our HPI program at [email protected]helter.org.
Thomas House provides weekly classes on nutrition, goal-setting, family finances, budgeting, stress management, communication skills, drug/alcohol abuse, building self-esteem, and other topics. We also provide weekly parenting classes to improve parenting skills, strengthen families, and further support the children in our care.
Thomas House provides financial assistance, vouchers, and in-kind support to remove barriers to achieving self-sufficiency. For example, we may provide funds to purchase appropriate work clothing, cover childcare costs, or pay for car repairs.
Our Workforce Development Center works with residents to address barriers to employment including lack of job skills, education, or work history. Services include training, employment counseling and other assistance subsidized by grant and other funding.
The children’s program exists to help young residents succeed in school and remain drug-free. The Children’s Program Coordinator meets with teachers, and provides individual tutoring, homework help, school supplies, and computer access.
Thomas House helps former residents (graduates) to obtain permanent housing, and allows them to continue to receive the support of case managers and counselors. This continued support decreases the likelihood of becoming homeless again.