Program Purpose:

  • Restart Halton works with homeless or inadequately housed single parent families;
  • Provides structured, goal oriented support;
  • Helps families gain financial management skills and increased earnings to live well, independently in the long term;
  • Enhances social and family functioning.

Family Program Model

Our ReStart Halton (RSH) family program assists single parent families by providing innovative, affordable long term housing accommodation, and support services that enhance a family’s capacities for improved social and family functioning,

Our Holistic Approach

We provide the education and employment skills services that help families who are struggling to acquire the financial management tools, and income earning potential, to live independently and well-housed, long-term. This is achieved by providing safe, stable affordable housing and integrated and holistic support allowing lone parent families to develop the capacity to move away from transitional housing, regain their dignity, function competently and independently, and reach their full measure of potential.

Our integrated, holistic, “wrap-around” support services involve:

  • An intensive intake process to ensure that we have families that are ready to participate in the program and move forward in their lives;
  • Case management support by our team of highly trained, experienced and educated program staff;
  • Service coordination to access the best, most relevant and comprehensive community services for our families and to provide leadership in the coordination of these services for the most effective outcomes for our families;
  • An “In-House” program component that provides workshop-style learning opportunities for our families at our facilities. Experts from the community lead workshops in areas such as positive parenting; communication; anger management; job interviewing; meditation; mindfulness; conflict resolution; nutrition; etc.;
  • A discharge/graduation process for candidates that have successfully completed the program and are moving forward to independence;
  • Evaluation and Continuous Improvement. The program is set up to be able to be evaluated objectively through various established evaluation tools; and
  • Case Management Software. HSH integrates technology – KaleidaCare Solutions – to support our family program. KaleidaCare has been chosen due to its applicability to agencies of our size and specialty in providing housing and support programs.

See ReStart Halton Service Details.

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What Our Participants Say…

“I’m not your typical homeless person.” Jane grew up in England, studied biology and English literature and has worked internationally in theatre, including Cirque due Soleil. When Jane became pregnant, she and her partner moved to Canada. A second child soon followed and her partner went to Las Vegas to work. He never came back. “I tried to keep it together working and taking care of little children and was in this horrible fog. We were like three bags of garbage put out on the curb.” In hospital after a suicide attempt, Jane connected with Home Suite Hope. “Home Suite Hope has been a beautiful thing because it’s given me hope for being able to get my life back on track and with that comes two young people who also have a future.” Jane graduated from HSH this past summer having reached a completely new place of stability and serenity in her life, and is now living independently with her two young girls.
Jane’s story

 

ReStart Halton is a program of Home Suite Hope that has been made possible by a variety of donors. Visit our list of donors.