Gerard Place focuses on single parents (ranging in age from 18-45) and their children, providing housing and empowering those parents through education, employment, vocational training, life skill classes and counseling. These parents are often victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse, or are in recovery. And while they have varied reasons for coming to Gerard Place, they all share one goal: they are trying to make better lives for themselves and their children.
Gerard Place strives to improve the quality of their lives through a holistic approach by feeding their mind, body and soul. Education, vocational training, life skill classes and counseling empower them, allowing these individuals to live a more self-sufficient life when they leave Gerard Place. The after-care case manager works with discharged families for six months in their new apartment so that transitional issues are addressed.
Our housing unit is the primary location of a majority of Gerard Place's programs. Residents benefit from a number of helpful amenities and services such as:
Gerard Place assigns a case manager to all families admitted into its program. Parents are required to meet with the case manager on a weekly basis for counseling and supportive services. Assessments, service plans and goals will be established with each parent. Through the service plan process, the case manager will assist with referrals for other resources in the community and will work with each individual to identify and overcome any barriers that may exist between him/her and their personal goals.
Gerard Place offers a wide variety of activities throughout the year including an annual carnival in the summer, trips to local attractions such as the Buffalo Zoo and Beaver Meadows, and children’s birthday celebrations. Holidays are celebrated with special dinners. In addition, the facility has a fitness room, community area and playground. Tutoring and computer training are also offered.
The six-week Family Enrichment Program encourages relationship building, family planning and marriage. It also includes spiritual instruction for children, appearances by motivational speakers, participation in prayer groups and Interfaith Celebration dinners. This is not mandatory.
Babysitting services are offered to parents when outside daycare cannot be attained. It is available for court, counseling, DSS appointments, and self-help group meetings.
The After Care program monitors and evaluates family members' efforts as they build toward self-sufficiency in the community, with the following: