Donations Needed For the Human Services Organization Of The Year

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

Please allow me to give a special thanks to all who participated in my Call To Action to donate your spare change to South Suburban Pads – http://sspads.org.

 

South Suburban Pads has received funding to hire a Case-Worker to focus on Children and Families at risk of involvement with the Department of Children and Family Services.

 

South Suburban Pads has earned funding for a 9-Month pilot program to support Case Management/Stabilization Services.

 

I am so honored to report South Suburban Pads was rewarded with the 19th-Annual MLK Human Services Organization Of The Year. Thanks to our cherished Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Palmer, valued Staff, and hundreds of devoted network of Volunteers.

 

Again, I am making this special plea to make South Suburban Pads the Organization you faithfully support with your spare change. You will be amaze what spare change may accomplish in this Organization continuing to further an Individual with tuition for Education/Vocation, Job-Training, Rent-Arrearages, Utility-Bills, Transportation, Child-Care Costs, Specific-Uniforms or Mandated-Work-Attire, an Emergency of a Small Nature easily plunging a Family into a crisis such as Homelessness. Ultimately, your donation helps with Crisis-Prevention, and Medical Supplies supplementing. Please visit the Pads site at http://sspads.org to discover more what good your spare change can produce, along with Volunteer opportunities where you can give Your-Time, Your-Talents, Your-Skills, Your-Wisdom for a Vital-Need!

 

The South Suburban Pads Country Club Hills Wellness Center (CCWC) is presently housing over 86 Adults, and over 41 Children. Pastor George Kimbrough offers the Residents weekly Spiritual-Based Like-Skills-Building-Classes.

 

The South Suburban Pads Employment-Specialist host b-weekly Employment-Workshops.

 

A Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Dr. Mendenhall provides Mental-Assessments.

 

Over 54 Residents participate with the Respond-Now Food Pantry Program.

 

Chef Kareem holds Culinary-Classes teaching Residents how to Cook Healthy Meals within their budget.

 

The South Suburban Pads Case-Management Team works daily with the Residents on their goals, connecting them with Local-Resources.

 

Here’s where your spare change can really do the most good. Again, I make this special appeal because donations are needed for the Homeless Prevention fund, and the Rapid-Rehousing fund. Please note these programs support Housing-Referrals, Bus-Passes, Advocacy, Housing-Options, Medical-Benefits, Pharmacy-Cards, Food-Pantry, Utility-Assistance, Shelter-Referrals, Gas-Cards, and Outreach to Guests utilizing the Emergency-Shelter Programs serving also the Chronically Homeless Veterans and Families with a disability. I urge you to visit the South Suburban Pads site at http://sspads.org, and please share it with your Loved-Ones and Friends.

 

Donations of your spare change can be delivered c/o office of Chief Operation Officer (CFO), South Suburban Pads, 4411 W Gatling Boulevard, Country Club Hills, Illinois, 60478 or 414 W Lincoln Highway, Chicago Heights, Illinois, 60411. Your giving consideration is so appreciated.

 

Housing

 

 

Research shows that the best approach to ending homelessness is by quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing-and then providing additional supports and services as they are needed. SSPADS provides a variety of transitional and permanent supportive housing program options and works to support the Housing First model.

 

Transitional Housing

 

With appropriate assistance, families and individuals experiencing homelessness, can quickly get themselves back on their feet and progress to self-sufficiency. Through transitional housing individuals and families are stabilized and provided wrap-around services that include case management, recovery services and counseling and out-patient treatment, employment, life skills training including financial management, among other skills training to build their capacity to secure and retain permanent housing.

 

Families First Transitional (FFT) housing program combines special on-site programs with interim-housing and supportive services for families with children under the age of 18.  Funded primarily by Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this program is in partnership with Together We Cope (TWC) and has a total of 8 units.

 

Project WISH provides 12-units of transitional and permanent supportive housing. The program is funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) and is a partnership with SSPADS and Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS). SSPADS serves as the lead and fiscal agent on the collaborative.

 

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

 

Families First Permanent (FFP) supportive housing program is designed to serve families where the head of household has a mental or physical disability and in need of long-term rental subsidies of both housing and services. This program is also in partnership with Together We Cope (TWC) and has 6 units.

 

Project W-Chance offers long term housing assistance and case management for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. This is a collaborative partnership with Pillars and has 7 units.

 

Country Club Hills Wellness Center (CCHWC) is a 77-unit permanent supportive housing development located in County Club Hills, Illinois and opened by SSPADS in 2012. The development holds project-based rental subsidies to house individuals and families in studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. CCHWC features a full commercial kitchen for our culinary arts program, computer lab, community room, class room space and a conference room. CCHWC is a partnership between SSPADS and Turnstone Development Corporation.

 

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) serves families and individuals. SSPADS assumed ownership from IFF of  2 multi-unit buildings with 6 units in order to provide affordable housing to families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

 

Project WIN has transitioned from a medical program to a housing program specifically for individuals and families coming from a medical or mental health facility. Permanent housing is provided in conjunction with supportive services. The program is a collaboration with South Suburban PADS, Housing Forward (who serves as the lead agency) and BEDS Plus.

 

Supportive Services

 

Behavioral/Mental Health Services

 

SSPADS contracts with several organizations who specialize in providing behavioral and mental health services including Grand Prairie Services and others. In addition, we provide services on-site at our Country Club Hills Wellness Center for tenants. These services increase tenants' capacity to manage everyday stresses of daily life that can easily become overwhelming particularly when they are struggling with behavior/mental health challenges. We pay attention to both risk and protective factors to increase the liklihood of postive outcomes for our individuals and families.

 

Employment Services

 Intensive Case Management (ICM)

 

Our intensive case management services are a critical component in our array of supportive services for our participants. Intensive case management fosters independence and enhances quality of life through a focused, coordination of individualized services and continuous and on-going support based on our participant needs. The direct involvement in setting his or her goals, and personal accountability placed on the participant is as important as the support and demonstrated caring attitude of the case manager. Our model is responsive to the multiple and ever-changing needs of our participants and staff understand that coordination across systems (e.g. mental health, criminal justice and recovery services) is pivotal. Lastly, critical to the participant's success is there must be a trusting and forward-moving relationship. The end result is one of "empowering" and not "enabling".

 

Children and Youth Services

 

Our employment program provides participants with the tools to pursue and maintain employment with confidence. The program includes job readiness classes such as resume preparation, self-assessments, basic computer training, and appropriate dress, and job placement with employers. We are currently seeking employer partners.  If you wish to work with us to employ job-ready candidates, please ask for Darryl Calhoun.

 

In addition to job readiness and placement, a culinary arts program is offered at the Country Club Hills Wellness Center site.  Our certified chef teaches participants the basics of cooking and culinary arts in a commercial kitchen and proper use of industrial cooking equipment. Emphasis is placed on using the skills to secure employment in the food and beverage serving industry along with cooking nutritious meals. Students are eligible to complete the ServSafe® Food Handler licenses and their Food Sanitation Certification issued by ServSafe® as well.

Our homelessness prevention services not only consist of providing financial assistance, but services for children and youth living in our housing programs. The program is designed to help children and youth overcome the trauma of family homelessness and support them academically and socially to foster healthy development and protect their futures from homelessness and poverty.  In partnership with       Tru-Vision, children and youth have opportunities to participate in after-school and summer programs including the Country Club Hills Wellness Center's Garden Project. They learn how to excel in language arts through poetry and song writing, learn to cook to gain skills for home and one-day in the world of work. They learn how to tap into their creative sides to learn math skills and push them forward with the goal to attain quality and higher education.

The HUB

 

SSPADS is a partner in the exiting southland project, The HUB! The HUB is a program that streamlines resources and referrals for individuals and families in need.The collaborative partners are Ford Heights Community Services Organization who serves as lead and fiscal agent of the initiative, Respond Now and Together We Cope. In FY2014, we served over 2,000 people, providing them with referrals and moving them on to "super" case managment services where needed. The program is set to grow this year to serve even more individuals and families. For more information and to access the website, click here: THE HUB!

 

Homeless Prevention

 

 

It is critical to provide intervention services for individuals and families when they become homeless, but it is also imperative that we work to prevent homelessness. Preventing homelessness happens in a number of ways, through rapid rehousing and homeless prevention funding, but also intervention in the lives of youth and children before they transition into adulthood.

 

SSPADS is proud to be the South Suburban Rapid Re-Housing provider for the Homeless Prevention Rapid-Re-Housing Program as a subrecipient of the Alliance to End Homelessness - Cook County, along with a number of other agencies. In December of 2009, we place our first tenant through Rapid Re-Housing funding and over the next three years of the grant, we were able to secure housing for 100 households! In 2012, SSPADS was awarded funds from Cook County under the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) under the Rapid Re-Housing component. Under this funding we were able to assist 13 families in securing housing. In FY2013, we assisted 59 households including several veterans.

 

While there is no doubt that providing funding to rapidly re-house individuals and families is critical, SSPADS also knows its important to try and prevent future generations of youth and children from becoming homeless as well. The time is now to work diligently to ensure they have equal education, medical care and other social needs met.

 

http://bit.ly/1Ud8EWu  - Link to the Carsons Community Day Coupon books with over $500 in coupons you can use at the next 2 day Community Day sale this February 26-27, 2016, support South Suburban Pads.  Thanks

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