The Way Home celebrates graduates of transitional housing program
In front of family, friends and supporters, graduates of The Way Home’s transitional housing program celebrated a crucial step forward recently.
“You truly helped me when I had little hope,” said Alicia. “I was in a bad spot and you were there (she said of the agency). I can’t thank all of you enough.”
Alicia was part of a recent “class” of clients of The Way Home who had competed the traditional housing program. The program covers a broad range of topics including: safe relationships, how to ensure a healthy household, parenting support and budgeting skills. “Through the classes, the participants gain new skills and confidence which helps them achieve a better path forward,” said Mary Sliney, Executive Director- The Way Home.
Victoria said the program gave her the skills and confidence she needed to take control of her life. She also noted The Way Home’s efforts with her young son in helping him with school work and providing a pathway to health activities.
Cindy Bringhurst, program manager, was among the speakers and told the graduates that she was “honored and grateful to be part of their journeys. This recognition is a tribute to your hard work and dedication.”
In addition to Ms. Sliney and Ms. Bringhurst, other speakers at the event included Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Bianka Beaudoin and Christina Sleeper from The Way Home and Board Chair Rick Blais. Mayor Craig called The Way Home, “a true community resource,” and applauded the graduates and their families for their efforts.
“We celebrate each family’s success in meeting goals that make the move into safe, affordable housing possible,” Ms. Sliney said. “Each family has a different story on “why” they came to The Way Home, but one thing is always true, they all have a goal to keep their children safe.”
Transitional housing is a temporary “safe home” in which formerly homeless families can heal from past experiences work toward a better future. The program provides supportive services and educational opportunities to help families set goals, gain new skills, and remove barriers to success. Progress in the family’s Steps to Success Plan is shared in regular meetings with The Way Home’s Housing Counselor. “What is harder to measure but equally important is the improved self-esteem and pride you can witness as a family goes through the program,” added Ms. Sliney.
Through successful participation in the Transitional Housing program, the graduating families earn a Housing Choice Voucher helping them secure safe, affordable housing.