Angel Reach serves a diverse clientele and has many programs to meet their varied needs.
Financial and in-kind donations are always welcome. All monies go to support housing needs for homeless youth and children in kinship care. The youth are supported for housing, food, clothing, transportation, and all basic needs. Local properties, remodeling, or building assistance for housing is an ongoing need.
Volunteers serve in many capacities, from being mentors, babysitting, or providing leadership for a special project such as Christmas Miracles to provide presents for all clients or Always Pursue to honor clients graduating from high school or college.
Counseling is needed by all of the clients. These clients share abandonment issues and many have abuse issues that needs to be addressed. Counseling by certified counselors can be done on a volunteer or reduced payment basis.
Education is encouraged for all clients. To assist the students, we welcome tutors at all levels of education, donations of textbooks, tuition assistance, and housing assistance.
Employment is a requirement for all youth clients, even if they are in school. While many of the clients have had previous jobs or are in job training programs like welding, those coming directly from foster care have no job experience. Each client attends Workforce and an in-house 42-hour training on employment etiquette and resume writing. Transportation to jobs is provided so the client is a reliable employee. Full-time and part-time employment is needed.
This program was initiated to serve the specific needs of transitional living program youth who were pregnant or have young children. The statistics show that 70% of all young women who age out of foster care are pregnant within a year of exiting. Through special housing, this program strives to support young women with prenatal care and child care classes. When the children are several months old, we support the mothers as they go back to work part time or pursue education while they learn to be single mothers.
This program was added to the repertoire to give services to the homeless youth who had not been in foster care. Youth are homeless for many reasons, yet need the same services provided to youth in the transitional living program. These youth are called Day Clients as they find housing on their own and come to the Resource Center to take a shower, receive case management, and receive hot meals. Many live in shelters or tents in the woods and represent a group of youth who need further services. We are also establishing subsidized apartments to assist all youth clients.
When Angel Reach expanded and more staff hired, a Director of Operations and Human Resources was also hired full time. She has done an excellent job of keeping the operation running smoothly. She oversees all of the housing and keeps them in good repair. She has been a backstop for financial security, oversees several financial aides, and keeps all of the staff informed and on the same page for dealing with problems. She is able to step in when the Executive Director is unavailable . She runs the staff meetings and schedules them on a regular basis. She serves on the Board as secretary and is aware of the overall goals and workings of the organization.
Angel Reach started as a small program with two dedicated women and has quickly grown into a large organization capable of housing forty youth with their ten children and serving forty day clients along with 80-100 kinship families of almost 300 members. We have a waiting list for every one of our housing situations. Only open on Tuesdays, the Food Pantry gives food to over 400 people every month. The rapid needs of the community forced rapid growth of our programs. It is difficult to leave young helpless youth on the street every night. Expansion of the Transitional Living Program into three houses and 3 apartment was accommodated, but then rapid establishment of Angel’s Nest, two more residences, a large clothing and furniture warehouse, and a Resource Center required hiring of more personnel and pushed facilities and funding to just even. Becoming a United Way Agency and their funding allowed us to continually serve our clients, but a funding lag will happen without careful Board governance.
The Board is developing overall goals for each Program and the best way to sustain the gratifying results we have had thus far. We have dedicated board members, donors, volunteers, and staff. It is challenging, but the opportunity to be at the forefront of housing and programs that turn around the lives of these children and youth transforms the work into a labor of love. We have developed the programs from the beginning and monitor best practices groups like LifeWorks in Austin for further input. We address success from seeing stepwise progress in all of our programs and are confident we will meet our funding needs.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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