Acres of Diamonds provides longer-term transitional housing for homeless mothers and children. From the beginning, Acres of Diamonds has set out to ensure that every homeless woman and child that comes to Acres receives the opportunity to change their story. This is why Acres of Diamonds is more than just housing, but an actual program to help women become self-sufficient.
Using Trauma Informed Care, Acres of Diamonds addresses the underlying issues of homelessness – addiction, abuse and poverty – to support a woman as she makes lasting change in her life and for her family.
The women’s program at Acres, Uplifting Women, aims to heal, strengthen, and build resilience in women in all areas of life: emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical.
This program requires women to be motivated to change and grow. It also requires women to be clean and sober, hold a job, attend counseling, attend classes and Grace Group, and be involved in the daily house chores.
The program is faith-based but does not require the women to hold the same faith only be willing to be in a faith based environment.
Unlike most transitional housing programs Acres of Diamonds allows women to stay in the program as long as is best for their situation. Acres provides the safe place for women to rewrite their story and break the cycles of addiction and abuse in their families.
In addition to working one-on-one with a Case Manager, each woman is paired with a mentor and coaches from the community who support them as they work to rebuild their life.
Standard courses offered in the program:
- Parenting classes
- Health and nutrition classes
- Financial literacy and budgeting
- Interview and job coaching
- College prep
All courses are taught or led by skilled volunteers in the community. These volunteers invest in the women and teach valuable life skills that empower the women to take chances and to live a stable and healthy life after leaving Acres of Diamonds.
This is a 24-month program, but women are allowed to stay as long as they need to for their circumstances as long as they are making progress towards independence.