No one person or agency can do it all. That's why partnerships are so important to our efforts. In fact, we consider them the key to our success in reaching out to restore lives in our community.
The Community Coalition of Partners Ending Homelessness is a vital part of the partnership to end chronic homelessness and consists of a broad base of community partners who work diligently to prevent homelessness and to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Guilford County.
The Community Coalition members plan, develop and implement collaborative services designed to provide needed care and create systemic change within the community. Members of the Community Coalition work together to address the larger picture and identify gaps in the services, unmet needs, and what future services might be required. The Community Coalition speaks as one voice and through mutual support and recognition of each member as part of a larger whole, a community attitude is created. This community is then better able to meet the needs of homeless people and foster the systematic change necessary to break the cycle of homelessness by responding to the needs of the community.
The members of the Community Coalition meet on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m. The meetings are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church located at 5603 Hilltop Road in Jamestown.
Community Coalition Membership
Membership in the Community Coalition of Partners Ending Homelessness is open to any organization, business, government entity and/or individual who is:
- Interested in helping men, women and children experiencing homelessness in Guilford County;
- Committed to collaboration and coordination through the Provider Coalition to implement the community-developed plans related to homelessness in Guilford County;
- Understands homelessness is a community-wide issue that cannot be solved by one organization, agency or entity and therefore helping our homeless neighbors requires participation by all segments of the community;
Members of the Community Coalition will:
- Demonstrate commitment to helping those experiencing homelessness in Guilford County as part of the solution required to fully meet the needs of the community.
- Join with others who, through mutual support and recognition, are working to develop and implement systemic change and services that close the gaps in the current homeless system of care
To join the Community Coalition today, please complete the application form and mail the completed form along with membership payment.
Community Coalition Success Story: April, 2014
Family Service of the Piedmont is the largest private, non-profit agency of its kind in Guilford County, NC. The agency empowers individuals and families in crisis to restore hope, achieve stability and thrive through quality support services, advocacy and education. Some of their programs include domestic violence shelters, children’s advocacy centers, free consumer credit counseling and more.
Below is a recent example of the amazing work they do in our community:
“Jane* was presented to our shelter after several years of abuse. A refugee from Sudan, she arrived with 3 special needs children, one of whom was autistic, and two who were developmentally delayed. Her initial DSS evaluation painted a bleak picture of her ability to parent and be independent. In fact, the eval stated that placement of her children in foster care may be the only alternative.
Shelter staff, however, did not give up, and neither did Jane. She was offered additional services through Family Service of the Piedmont’s Healthy Start program, which frequently work with shelter families. Healthy Start began working with Jane on her parenting skills, while shelter staff assisted her in locating needed resources, as well as providing a safe place to live as she worked toward independence. Peer group session in shelter allowed her to begin thinking as a survivor and not a victim. Mental health counseling services helped her cope with the domestic abuse and other traumas she had experienced in her life.
Within nine months, Jane had secured housing and is now living in her own, beautiful apartment in a nice area; she has a vehicle in her name; has gotten her children the specialized care they need; and was awarded child support. She has been able to save $2800.
Jane also knows she can reach out to Family Service of the Piedmont for help when needed, and remains in contact with her case manager and the Healthy Start case worker.”
*Name has been changed to protect confidentiality
Partners Ending Homelessness is proud to partner with Family Service of the Piedmont and grateful for the important work they are doing in our community.
If you would like to share your agency’s success story, contact Sara Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org