Barrett Foundation For Women Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87112
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Provides emergency shelter services to homeless women and women with children on a limited short-term basis.
Bridges to Self-Sufficiency
Bridges to Self-Sufficiency was established in 1997 to help women move from homelessness to independent living. In 2006-2007, 22 women and 21 children participated in the program. Bridges to Self-Sufficiency provides supportive, transitional living. Women must be employed, pay 30% of their income for rent and demonstrate a strong desire to become independent. Case management includes weekly home visits and monthly life-skills training, so that at the end of the two-year program they have the knowledge and skills to live independent lives and be contributing members of the community.
Barrett House was founded in 1985 as an emergency shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness. In 2006-2007, our shelter provided 20,739 meals, 6,913 bed nights and 1,194 hours of case management for 597 women and 145 children. In addition to receiving emergency shelter each woman works with a case manager to set short and long term goals. Clients receive assistance and information regarding health care, childcare, employment, substance abuse treatment and mental health care. Our state-of-the-art facility offers comfortable beds in semi-private rooms; each woman and child is assigned their own bed, closet and nightstand. There are three family “suites” with attached baths for mothers with three or more children. Two meals are served each day in addition to a sack lunch, and the women are provided with toiletries and clothing. Barrett House has a family room, library with computers, laundry facilities and indoor and outdoor play areas for the children. Barrett House is the entry point for our other programs.
Casa MilagroCasa Milagro, established in 1988, provides transitional housing for women 35 or older with chronic mental illness. During 2006-2007, the group home provided a stable home environment to 11 women. The 18-month program provides extensive case management helping the women to learn healthy lifestyles, including exercise, good nutrition and adherence to medical and drug therapies. After a professional assessment, each woman helps develop her own individual treatment plan and goals. Services are designed to increase the residents’ independent living skills, while connecting them to appropriate community resources. The women also participate in group, individual and art therapy. Upon graduation, the women are encouraged to participate in AfterCare, a Barrett Foundation support program created to ease the transition into independent living. More than 80% of the graduates are able to live independently, and graduates are eligible to move into Casa Verde.
Casa Verde provides affordable, permanent housing for 13 women living with chronic mental illness. Residents are graduates of Casa Milagro and pay 30% of their income for rent. Some work part–time or volunteer their time to the community. Women at Casa Verde have a sense of pride and self-esteem that comes from living independently in a pleasant and safe environment. Many continue to participate in Barrett Foundation’s AfterCare and art therapy programs.
Casa Socorro is a permanent housing program for single women who have been chronically homeless. In 2006-2007, 7 women took part in the program. A case manager visits them weekly to ensure their success at independent living.
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Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessnessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficience to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.
Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.
Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.