Corpus Christi Hope House Inc

Hope House provides emergency shelter and supportive services to homeless families with dependent children, as well as community outreach services through the Gabriel Project, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Assistance. We focus on systematic change and promote human dignity, empower clients to accept individual responsibility and move toward self-sufficiency, and assist clients to secure and/or maintain permanent housing.

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The program at Hope House provides facilities and services for addicted, abused, abandoned, poverty level, and homeless pregnant women, single mothers, fathers and their dependent minor children focusing on creating systematic change among this population to promote human dignity, and empower these individual's to accept individual responsibility and move toward self-sustainability. These goals are reached through the services provided by our shelter facilities and staff to provide case management and support, provide outreach to persons with substance abuse and help them get treatment, provide "wrap around" services to meet the holistic needs of the clients, and coordinate through collaboration with various service providers to ensure that each person's needs are being met. Our program gives them the opportunity to accept responsibility, to care for their children, further their education, obtain employment, permanent housing and become productive, self-sufficient members of our community with the support of our staff and volunteers. We also supply numerous parents, their children and newborn babies with food, clothing, kitchen supplies, transportation, furniture, diapers, referrals, college and vocational tuition and other assistance.

Hope House provided assistance to 3,704 clients through our Gabriel Project Community Outreach Program, 75 residents through our Shelter Program, and 263 clients with Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance for a fiscal year record of 4,042 clients served in 2016. The average length of stay at our shelters was 114 days per resident. 69% of our residents were previously homeless, 36% to escape from domestic violence, 24% for rehabilitation from drug or alcohol abuse, and 9% for support services. The average age of the women at our shelters was 27 years with an ethnic breakdown of 65% Hispanic, 29 % Caucasian, and 6% African American. 21 months was the average age of the children residing in our shelters. 79% of our residents completed our Life Skills Training Program, 61% of residential clients were employed part or full-time, and 24% attended GED classes and/or attended college during their stay.

Shelter Programs and Activities
Hope House clients participate in a variety of activities in order to improve their health, welfare, life skills, housing, and employment opportunities.

Faith Home Shelter
Faith Home is a group home for women who have small children. It is a large two-story house that accommodates up to seven women and their dependent children. Faith Home has two live-in House Monitors that share their lives with the resident to provide guidance and compassion. The residents and housemothers share a common kitchen, dining area, and living room with a playground.

Birth Haven Shelter
Birth Haven is an apartment style shelter that accommodates up to five women with their dependent children. The residents are provided with a private bedroom and share the bathroom, living area, and kitchen. Our main office and reception area is located in one of the apartments.

Alternate Accommodations
The program provides facilities and services for addicted, abused, abandoned, poverty level, and homeless pregnant women, single mothers, fathers, through Alternate Accommodations, and their dependent minor children when in need. Temporary Apartments can be provided for homeless households with adult males up to two weeks; while the Case Manager works with the client to secure permanent housing.

The Gabriel Project Community Outreach Program
The Gabriel Project is an outreach program for shelter residents and low-income families in the Corpus Christi area. Families are assisted with diapers, baby wipes, clothing, car seats, miscellaneous baby items, and furniture. The Gabriel Project provides housing assistance to clients through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program.

Food Pantry
A Food Pantry is available to residents of the shelter with products from the Corpus Christi Food Bank. Due to the limited types of food available through the Food Bank, clients may also receive assistance with gift cards for food purchased at HEB.

Direct Aid to Mothers and Families
Direct Aid to Mothers and Families is assistance available to and most often needed by residents of our shelters. Clients receive assistance for food, clothing, personal hygiene products, diapers, infant formula, kitchen supplies, medical care, and other items as needed for daily living.

Education Program
The Education Program has been implemented to promote self-esteem development, critical thinking, mentorship, education and occupational goals. Restricted funding for educational purposes has been obtained to assist residents in obtaining a secondary college/technical education. Clients must seek a GED/high school diploma during their stay at Hope House if they do not have one.

Life Skills Training Program
The Life Skills Training Program is designed to improve everyday living and teach skills, such as: Prenatal Care/Infant/Child Care, Breast Feeding, Infant/Child Parenting Skills, Nutrition, Budgeting, STD/STI Prevention, CPR, Interview/Resume Assistance, and Time Management. It is open to all mothers of our community.

Case Management
Each resident is assigned a Case Manager who provides guidance, mentoring, and oversight by meeting with the clients weekly, creating tangible goals, and providing accountability and responsibility.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
We provide rental, electric, and utility assistance to residents transitioning out of the shelter into permanent housing. This program can also be utilized by low-income families through the Gabriel Project to prevent eviction or disconnection of electric and/or utility services.

Our program gives them the opportunity to accept responsibility, to care for their children, further their education, obtain employment, permanent housing and become productive, self-sufficient members of our community with the support of our staff and volunteers. We are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for women in emergency crisis pregnancy or homeless situations. Our Life Skills Training Program is open to all members of our community. Our residents receive an average of six hours counseling per week with additional counseling and/or training as required for special situations (addiction, abuse, probation, etc.). Our ministry is the only facility in the region that accepts pregnant mothers free of charge that are not considering adoption as their only alternative.

Success is defined when a client leaves our shelter to a permanent respectable residence with the ability, knowledge and the will to become a loving and caring parent and a productive self-sufficient member of our community. Our program works toward this definition of success as we work with our clients. Some examples of this are:

Client A: Client A came to our facility homeless and fleeing a domestic violence relationship. Her three children had been placed in Foster Care before coming to our facility. Client A was able to regain custody of her children and became employed full-time. She has participated in our Life Skills Program and is focused on buying a car and acquiring permanent housing for her family.

Client B: Client B came to our facility from Charlie's Place and was 33 weeks pregnant. She is trying to regain custody of her one year old son. Client B delivered a healthy baby. After some weeks of spending time with her baby and recuperating, Client B plans on taking a refresher course in accounting and looking for a job in the accounting field.

Client C: Client C was placed in our facilities by a judge through court orders. She was pregnant and had nowhere else to turn. Client C has turned her life around by participating in our program. She gave birth to a healthy baby boy, has become involved in a local church where her son has been baptized, and is enrolled and attending classes at Southwest Schools to become a Medical Office Assistant. Client C wants to take responsibility for her life and make positive choices, so that she can provide a good life for her baby.

Client D: Client D became involved with our program after becoming homeless. Client D has three children, is working part-time, and attending Del Mar College pursuing a nursing degree. After making some life changes, attending counseling, and participating in our Life Skills Program for some months; Client D is hopeful about her future. She looks forward to finishing her education and securing permanent housing.