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Family Programs

Family Programs

In response to an unmet need in the community, InterFaith Shelter Network developed family programs for both single parents and families:

  • The Rabbi Michael A. Robinson Mother/Child Reunification Program serves mothers in the process of reuniting with their children in collaboration with Sonoma County Child Protective Services and other applicable agencies.
  • The Single–Parent Family program houses both single mothers and single fathers and their minor children.
  • The Step II Program is for families who have graduated from Transitional Housing and completed all “steps” necessary to become self-sufficient and independent, but they are still in need of affordable permanent housing.

Participants are selected after application submission and a personal interview. The selection process includes a background investigation and correspondence with coordinating agencies (i.e. Child Protective Services, SC Parole or Probation Department and other applicable organizations).

Family stabilization–physical, mental, emotional and fiscal–is always the first priority; parent/child reunification (as applicable) is a parallel goal. IFSN holds participants to a high standard of accountability. Supportive services assure successful outcomes. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Comprehensive case management: participants meet with case managers (weekly) to monitor individual goals, progress, challenges and appropriate resource linkage.
  • Mental health services: individual, child and family counseling services are provided weekly for all residents. Psychotherapy is conducted by licensed clinicians.
  • Parenting Education: participation is mandatory in weekly parent education groups, and coordinated educational services provided by the California Parenting Institute (CPI), and County Public Health Nurses (RN) who provide home visits.
  • Coordinated recovery and relapse prevention services are provided via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC) Peri–Natal and Outpatient programs.
  • Mainstream Resource Guidance: participants are required to secure temporary benefits as applicable (TANF, Medi-Cal)
  • Employment preparation and skill–building
  • Nutritional Food Program – IFSN provides ingredients for healthy meals (with focus on protein and fresh produce–biweekly food distribution).
  • Transportation Assistance: weekly allotment of bus passes.

The family programs were facilitated specifically for at–risk families. Client outcomes reflect the program’s effectiveness. An annual average of 80% to 90% of all families participating have successfully reunified, graduated, secured permanent housing, and become productive members of our community!