NATASHA House (NHI) which stands for a New Alternative Towards A Secure Home Atmosphere, intervenes in the cycle of homelessness of female-headed families and at-risk youth by providing on-site transitional housing up to 2yrs—residency and comprehensive rehabilitative services—outreach [HomeMakers Program (HMP)] with the goal of preparing them to become self-sufficient. NHI serves three critical populations—homeless women with children, clients at-risk of losing their housing, and at-risk youth between 5-18yrs while addressing the problems of poor physical health, economic instability, and barriers related to obtaining housing that the cycle of homelessness perpetuates. We host four one-hour educational groups weekly called Modules at our transitional home, using a systems thinking process and career-readiness program that is facilitated by community leaders who are subject matter experts in their field and is designed to assist our clients with achieving their Lifework Plan goals. The HMP is divided into three segments—HMP for our moms, CHAMPS for our children, & Seed 2 Table (S2T) Enterprise, a horticulture community supported agriculture education, therapy, career-readiness & AG-STEAM training program that promotes:
• Financial & technology literacy,
• Lifework planning,
• Securing & maintaining permanent housing and/or home ownership,
• Improving emotional, social,
physical well-being, and
• Civic engagement.