5th Street Ministries Shelter and Transitional Housing
1421 Fifth Street
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Statesville, NC 28687
Class of Housing: Night Shelter, Transitional housing, soup kitchen, clothing closet
ight Shelter: For the more chronically homeless. Some of our guests are unemployed with varying levels of work skills, and little work available that will pay a living wage. Many of our night shelter guests are mentally ill and non-compliant with their treatment plan. Others are severe substance abusers and some are dually diagnosed. With the lack of an adequate substance abuse treatment program in our county, we many times find ourselves band-aiding a situation. The current state of mental health treatment in North Carolina is much less than desirable, therefore more individuals with serious mental illness are homeless. Upon coming into the night shelter, guests have 28 days and then must either leave or move up to Level 2 which is more structured and with more requirements, including participating in classes, work detail, etc. Transitional Housing: After guests have fulfilled the criteria necessary for Level 2, they are ready to move to Level 3 - transitional housing. While being enrolled in this program, both short-term and long-term goals are set with weekly meetings with staff to assess progress in meeting these goals. When a guest is employed, 25% of the monthly income will be placed into a savings account to be used towards deposits when guest is ready to move into their own living situation. Networking with other helping agencies to assist with credit counseling, budgeting, job training, parenting, AA/NA meetings, etc. are incorporated weekly into the program and requires mandatory participation by those enrolled in Transitional Housing. For those unable to work, reasonable and attainable goals are set and monitored closely. Transitional Housing-Resident Staff: While the same guidelines of Transitional Housing apply, these individuals also have responsibilities related to the running of the shelter program such as night phone, laundry, monitoring night shelter, etc. This gives an opportunity to build a good job reference for those needing a credible work history as well as giving more time to develop better life skills necessary for success. Length of stay at this level varies according to the individual needs. My Sister’s House: This program includes shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, on-site counselors that facilitates group sessions for women and sessions for children as well as individual sessions. Our victim advocate is responsible for meeting women and children at emergency rooms and law enforcement centers and accompanying them through court proceedings. Our 24-hour crisis-line is always answered by a crisis line trained person capable of providing needed information and referrals. Domestic violence and sexual assault services are available to anyone, not just those residing at My Sister’s House. Soup kitchen: Our kitchen is open twice daily to all in need. Additionally, we provide a breakfast for everybody in transitional housing and night shelters. The nutritious food provided is vital to the health of homeless children and adults and especially to persons who abuse alcohol and/or drugs who likely would not get adequate nutrition from any other source. Healthcare: Our shelter nurse provides nurse clinics daily, and assists our guests in finding affordable healthcare and accessing prescription medications. We are an active part of organizations that address the needs of the uninsured in our community. Healthcare education is a part of our curriculum. The Clothing Closet: Frequently our guests arrive with only the clothing on their back. We are fortunate to have donations of clothing that we are able to pass on to them. We also pass on household items when they move into their own homes, relying totally on donations from the community.
Helpful Definitions For 5th Street Ministries Shelter and Transitional Housing:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless
or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient 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.
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