Ensuring Childhood Learning
RaiseUp Families' mission is to provide extensive case management to strengthen families and ensure childhood learning.
9610 Long Point Rd, Suite 110 Suite 110
Houston, TX 77055 USA
family homelessness, poverty, housing stability, self-sufficiency, case management
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41% of US homeless are families with children. We know that homeless children are twice as likely to be chronically absent from school which leads to being held back a grade. Once those children are held back they are 4 times more likely to drop out of school altogether. By assisting families through extensive case management over a 9 month period, these families are able to provide a stable home environment in which children can remain in their same school and learn to their full potential.
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Hand-Up Housing Program
Families struggling with homelessness are referred to us by school counselors and area social service agencies. Case managers screen referrals for eligibility, and once they are enrolled, we immediately resolve the family's housing situation and ease their worries of meeting basic expenses. We help clients secure (or restore) a lease agreement in their name, always endeavoring to keep the children in the same schools. With the immediate crisis resolved, clients work with their case manager to develop their unique service plan with goals they will work on during the nine month period. Plans focus on overcoming barriers and acquiring the skills needed to achieve financial stability and independent living. Plans typically address employment, training, parenting, financial management, planning for the future, and responsible decision-making, with a goal of self-sufficiency once they complete the program.
For two years following the clients' exit from the Hand-Up program, they may participate in the Follow-Up program. During this time, case managers maintain a relationship with clients to serve as a resource, offering information, guidance, and encouragement. Parents and children are encouraged to participate in special activities. Limited financial assistance is given if an emergency arises that jeopardizes their stability.
After Hours Counseling
RaiseUp Families' Case Managers have recognized that there is a need for after hours counseling for some of our families that the organizations we collaborate with cannot offer. Our Board approved our request to hire a licensed Counselor to work with individuals one night a week starting in July 2016 to add further services to our Spring Branch families and Katy families if needed. We feel the additional attention to specific individual's needs will bring even more success to our families in our 9 Month Hand Up program.
Our summers are always very busy with our families, especially our kids. In June, we hold our Building Confident Family classes provided by ESCAPE Family Services two nights a week. This is mandatory for all families that enter our 9 Month Hand Up program. Also, in June our summer reading program is held at Barnes & Noble, Town & Country. Each child receives book vouchers made available from Spring Branch ISD. High school student volunteers from SBISD help run this program.In July, we start our summer day camp held at a local church and our volunteers play a huge role in running this program. The funding for this comes from various local churches and individual donors. Camp Allen generously donates positions for 14 children each summer for a one week sleep away camp. We rely on donations from local churches and individuals for camp supplies and transportation.
Back to School
We organize, shoes, uniforms, backpacks and school supplies for the children in our program. We host a Back to School party the second week of August. Our churches and individual donors are very generous and RaiseUp Families makes sure all the children's needs are met before starting back to school.
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For more than 24 years, RaiseUp Families has made the goal of uninterrupted education in a child's learning the focus of its mission to strengthen families. When financial circumstances put a family with school-age children at risk for frequent moves or worse, homelessness, RaiseUp Families' extensive case management program helps ensure a stable home and stronger future.
We provide a 9 month Hand-Up program that combines extensive case management and tapered assistance with rent and utilities to enable families to find better paying jobs, and learn financial management, parenting and life skills. Once they graduate from our 9 month program, they remain in our program for an additional two years in which they participate in our quarterly programs for families.
We have 3 case managers that manage over 60 families who participate in our program each year. To date, we have served over 600 families.
Based on 2017 statistics 82% of accepted families completed the nine-month case management program 100% of children remained in their same school 75% of high school graduates continued on to college 48% average increase in family income 100% of families remained in permanent housing after one year 89% learned financial management skills 34% were assisted with mental health counseling
We have similar statistics year over year with our program. What's Next: The Houston Food Bank has asked us to offer our 9 month Hand-Up program to charter schools in which they have their Food Scholarship program. This program provides 60 pounds of free food to participating families twice a month. RaiseUp Families will bring qualified families into our 9 month Hand-Up program to assist them with intensive case management that includes assistance with rent and utilities, financial management education and life skills training that includes parenting classes and family counseling when needed. We need to raise $550,000 to support 65 families in order to begin this program.
Affiliations & Memberships
Houston/Harris County Coalition for the Homeless
Association of Fundraising Professionals
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as of 10/22/2018
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