By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– St. Joseph Health awarded $35,000 to San Bernardino County nonprofit Family Assistance Program. The grant is awarded through the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund’s Emergency Food and Shelter Initiative in support of Serving Victims of Domestic Violence. Family Assistance Program will use the funds to provide case management services aimed at helping survivors become self-sufficient while rebuilding their lives after abuse.
“We are honored that St Joseph Health recognizes the good work we are doing in the community and is willing to fund the expansion of these services. The case management program is integral to the success of our clients, and these funds will help ensure more survivors get the help they need,” stated Family Assistance Program Executive Director Darryl Evey.
The agency’s case management program includes partnering clients with a case manager, long and short-term goal setting and support, financial management classes, and assistance accessing services.
Case managers meet with clients to identify immediate needs such as enrolling children in school, addressing health needs, or obtaining a restraining order. The clients are guided through the processes and helped to access whatever specialized assistance is required.
After the immediate needs are addressed, case managers assist clients to develop long term goals. These goals are created by the client to meet housing and financial needs. The case manager guides the conversation to ensure that all required items are addressed, but the client remains in control. “Once the long term goals are developed, the case manager then helps the clients develop short term goals that make progress towards the long term goals,” explained Evey. “This is especially important because the short term goals provide successes which can be celebrated which is empowering and strengthens the client’s self-esteem.”
A key element of case management is financial management. “Money is a constant barrier to becoming self-sufficient. Sometimes, there is a lack of money, but more often there is a lack of understanding money,” continued Evey. Financial empowerment classes are taught each week to help clients understand money and make better decisions.
The assistance of case managers educating clients on goal setting and financial management has long lasting impact on their lives. Many clients have expressed that the thought of becoming self-sufficient was overwhelming. “After breaking it [finances] down into small manageable pieces, they [clients] become hopeful. These are skills they will use for the rest of their lives and will hopefully pass on to their children,” stated Evey.
About St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund
The Mission of St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund, as an extension of Christ’s healing ministry, is to provide funding and assistance for improving the health and wellbeing of the economically poor, and utilize the strengths and diversity of our neighbors to build vibrant communities.
This is accomplished by managing and allocating resources to communities and partners of goodwill engaged in innovative and effective initiatives to serve the common good.
The Mission of the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund directly supports the Mission of St. Joseph Health which is “to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.”
About Family Assistance Program
Family Assistance Program offers a wide range of services to help struggling families. For victims of domestic violence, the agency operates a safe-house, transitional housing program, counseling, support groups, and a variety of supportive services. Similar services are provided for women on probation. For children age 11-17, the agency provides shelter services, counseling, family reunification support and other supportive services. In 2013, the agency added a range of services for victims of human trafficking. As needs in the community are identified, the agency works towards meeting those needs. All services are offered with respect to human dignity utilizing an empowerment model towards helping families by providing the tools they need to build stronger families. Follow us on Facebook at Family Assistance Program and Our House CA