JFCS’ Dream Program offers critically needed help to women and their children who have experienced domestic violence. The program offers families—of all faiths and backgrounds—a safe housing situation and comprehensive services that allow them to move forward with their lives with dignity, honor, and strength.
Domestic violence survivors currently make up approximately 12% of the sheltered homeless population nationwide and for many women the greatest deterrent to leaving an abusive relationship is fear that they and their children will end up on the street.
The Dream Program provides a safe and solid foundation in which women and children can recover and learn new skills needed to regain their footing. To do so, we offer extensive services to survivors of domestic abuse, including counseling and job-skills training.
Helping individuals and families lead strong, safe, and productive lives is among JFCS’ highest priorities and the backbone of the Dream Program’s services is comprehensive case management. Dream Program clients are connected to appropriate referrals after they receive an in-depth assessment of their medical, emotional, vocational, financial, educational, legal, and other needs.
Our goal is to give these vulnerable families the boost they need to be able to move through crisis and into self sufficiency within a 12 to 18 month period.
Note: Mothers in the family must be at least 18 years old and have children who are minors.
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