Thanksgiving Meal Provides More than Nourishment

Center for Community Resources (CCR) staff catered a Thanksgiving meal for 12 Housing Options Promote Empowerment (HOPE) clients. Every year CCR and the HOPE Program provide a Thanksgiving meal for their clients. CCR staff volunteer to bring a side dish or dessert, and the HOPE staff cook the turkeys and ham.

The meal is meant to provide a sense of family to the residents since many of them haven’t had contact with their families for several years. The dinner is also a way to bring clients and staff together. Staff is invited to eat with the clients after the clients have received their first plate.

HOPE is a permanent supportive housing program providing housing to individuals that are suffering from a severe mental health or physical health disability, and have a history of chronic homelessness. The program currently serves 18 individuals by providing a one bedroom apartment they can call their own. While in the program, individuals are offered intensive case management, life skills training, and peer support services. They are required to pay 30 percent of their monthly income as an occupancy fee, and 30 percent of their payment is placed into a savings account to help with housing expenses when they are ready to move on.

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