The Advocacy Center is the newest addition to our services, designed to allow us to maintain and build our relationships with program participants who are not living in our shelter. During their stay at Raphael House, women work with our advocates to create a set of individualized goals designed to help them on their journey to permanent housing, employment and self sufficiency. In the Advocacy Center, these women can continue working with advocates as they work towards meeting goals necessary to stabilize and grow in their new homes. In addition, families served by our Transitional Housing Program and Response Advocacy Programs can access a wide variety of services and resources inside the Advocacy Center.
In the Advocacy Center, we provide space for our program participants to participate in support groups and other activities such as youth programming, self care classes and meetings with community partners. Participants can access computer and phone workstations, staff support and advocacy, and an emergency food pantry and clothing closet. In addition, the Advocacy Center is designed to empower women to initiate and lead their own programs, and to receive mentoring if they’re interested in learning to lead their own support groups.
Current Advocacy Center programs include:
Survivors Support Groups
Living Yoga (for Teens & Adults)
Job Possible - job search assistance and employment readiness
Money Matters - free financial planning with a professional
Youth Play & Expressions Groups (supervised youth activities are offered during all adult groups)
To see an Advocacy Center Calendar and RSVP for programs, click here.