Our Family Program assists single parent families by providing innovative, affordable transitional housing accommodation, and support services that enhance a family’s capacities for improved social and family functioning and provides the education and employment skills to have families 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.
HSH has a newly developed, Family Residential Program which provides integrated, holistic, “wrap-around” support to the families that we serve. The program involves:
“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 sons.
Rebecca, a single mother of three teenagers, suffered a number of health problems, including breast cancer. She says she doesn’t even want to think about where her family would be without HSH. “They’ve been amazing to us,” she says. “There are a lot of people living in poverty and with issues but there’s not a lot of help out there. HSH has opened doors, given hope and landed us back on our feet. They’ve given us a second chance at life. They seriously have. For HSH to offer that to people is a wonderful thing. Whoever supports HSH is doing a very good thing.” Rebecca has just graduated from HSH and has been able to move forward to a stable and independent living accommodation with her three children.