Josephine Dotson Center for Change
The Josephine Dotson Center for Change will provide a stable, caring, and safe environment for families, while they work to break the cycle of homelessness. By utilizing a whole person approach we will strive to build accountability, resilience, and motivation in families that show a willingness to work for a better tomorrow. Resources for homeless families in a rural setting are often scarce, requiring families to travel hours to a metropolitan area for assistance. We will support families that become homeless due to an unfortunate circumstance, such as fire, flood, death of a spouse, loss of job, sickness, eviction or foreclosure. The basic family unit is one parent and at least one school aged child.
Housing and Resource Center
We will provide housing for two years to ensure families gain the skills, resources and tools that lead to permanent self-sufficiency. The two-year program will provide daily support and educational programs.
During the evening families will meet with case managers to develop and review action plans that includes short- and long-term goals, financial plans and cleaning up past debt. The Josephine Dotson Center for Change will also partner will local high schools for volunteer opportunities to mentor kids and provide tutoring for kids and adults. We will also partner with local colleges and universities to provide intern opportunities for social worker, counselors, business administration, accounting and social and public health students.