Housing, Shelter

ALPHA-OMEGA MIRACLE HOME INC

helter, Support & Hope for Homeless Women and Children

aka Alpha-Omega Miracle Home Thrift Store

Saint Augustine, FL

Mission

To demonstrate God's love by providing support through housing, education, employment, and counseling to those most vulnerable - young, single mothers, their children, and senior women.

Ruling Year

1992

Founder

Mrs. Lisa Franklin

Main Address

1797 Old Moultrie Road, Suite 107

Saint Augustine, FL 32084 USA

Keywords

Supportive Housing for homeless - a Hand-UP, not a Hand-OUT

EIN

65-0318958

 Number

0714416976

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Transitional Supportive Housing

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84% of all homeless families are headed by a single mother. The overarching goal of Alpha-Omega Miracle Home is to reduce homelessness in St. Johns County among single-parent mothers and their children, as well as senior women. Furthermore, we seek to help homeless single-parent families transition out of poverty by providing transitional housing, material resources, access to continuing education, gainful employment opportunities, free counseling services, and a connection with the faith-based community for continued support.

The strategies for accomplishing our goals for:
1. Housing - AOMH currently houses up to 30 women and children at a time in our transitional housing apartments. The housing program is a 24-month phased program, overseen by a social worker and case managers, that tracks the goals and achievements of residents transitioning out of poverty. The cost of housing is covered by individual donations, as well as grants. We recently received a grant from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to purchase and renovate 4 additional apartment units to offer permanent supportive housing. The board of directors is currently overseeing a capital campaign with plans to build a larger transitional housing facility in to expand our housing capacity to 60 women and children in order to better meet the need and serve the various needs of our residents.
2. Material Needs - The material needs of AOMH residents are met through donations to the Alpha-Omega Thrift Store, the Alpha-Omega Community Diaper Bank, and an on-site food pantry that is stocked through partnerships with Feed Northeast Florida and Publix Supermarkets.
3. Education - All residents are required to enroll in continuing education classes, either working to obtain their GED, certification, or Associates Degree. AOMH case managers help assess the educational needs of clients. Partnerships between local community colleges and AOMH assist single mothers in accessing financial aid and tutoring assistance in order to further their education.
4. Employment - All residents are required to find part-time employment. AOMH has formed partnerships with area businesses who are willing to support homeless women transitioning out of poverty through employment.
5. AOMH has a licensed mental health counselor on staff. We offer free individual and group counseling to residents and children.
6. Faith - AOMH encourages residents to attend a church of their choice and also provides transportation to church services on Wednesdays and Sundays. We connect church groups who want to give back in a meaningful way with families in need of a support system by maintaining open communication with area churches and keeping them informed about the needs of the clients we serve.

Alpha-Omega Miracle Home has been a provider of transitional housing since 1999. We have grown from one home housing up to 7 young mothers to a multi-unit transitional housing facility that houses up to 30 women and children at a time. We house approximately 87 women and children annually. And we are continuing to grow. In January 2015, the board of directors of AOMH is overseeing a capital campaign to build a larger campus that will double our housing capacity. In addition to being a provider of transitional housing, AOMH received a $447,000 grant from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to be a provider of permanent supportive low-income housing for senior women.

The residential program is overseen by a residential director, Crystal Wilder, who has her Masters Degree in social work. The staff also includes a licensed mental health counselor, Emili-Erin Alexander. All single-mother resident in 2014 enrolled in continuing education, found employment, received counseling services, and those who transitioned out of the program moved to stable housing.

AOMH participates in the HMIS Reporting System, which tracks homeless individuals and the services they receive from the agency. AOMH also tracks data internally for services rendered, material donations given, and the progress of our residents in education, employment, and their transition to stable housing. We continue to track a client's housing and success for 1 year after the client has transitioned out of our housing program.

In 2013-14, AOMH provided 10,585 safe bed nights, 7,280 diapers & wipes from the AOMH community diaper bank, 360 Counseling sessions with a licensed mental health counselor, 6,000 case management hours, 5,223 lbs of groceries from our on-site food pantry, 2,727 articles of clothing from the Alpha-Omega thrift store, 1,253 pairs of shoes, 4,728 daycare drop offs/pick ups, 199 life skills classes, 554 free vouchers to the Alpha-Omega Thrift Store for low-income and homeless families.

In 1999, Alpha-Omega Miracle Home opened its doors with 1 home that could house up to 7 young mothers. Over the past 15 years, we have grown dramatically.

In 2013-14, Alpha-Omega Miracle Home Provided:
1. 16 transitional housing units and 8 permanent supportive housing units
2. Housed approximately 87 homeless women & children
3. 10,585 safe bed nights
4. 7,280 diapers and wipes from the AOMH Community Diaper Bank
5. 360 free counseling sessions with a licensed Mental Health Counselor
6. 5,223 lbs of Groceries from the AOMH food pantry
7. 6,000 case management hours
8. 925 household good and furniture donated from the Alpha-Omega Thrift Store
9. 2,727 articles of clothing
10. 1,253 pairs of shoes
11. 4,728 daycare drop offs and pick ups
12. 199 life skills classes
13. 554 free vouchers to the Alpha-Omega Thrift Store

Recently, AOMH hired Fisher Koppenhafer Architecture to design the future Alpha-Omega transitional housing facility, which will house up to 60 homeless women and children. The new campus will include a family counseling center that is open to the community on a sliding-fee scale, based on income. It will also include an on-site daycare so that single mothers transitioning out of poverty can attend school and work and know that their children are safe and cared for. The new campus should be opened in 2017.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes