- On February 22, 2017
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In Cayuga County, more than 60 families experience homelessness every year. The Auburn Rescue Mission is here to help.
On April 1, the Auburn Rescue Mission will greatly expand its capacity to provide housing for homeless families when it opens 28 new apartments as permanent and transitional housing for women and families experiencing homelessness. In addition to housing, the Rescue Mission will provide case management and support. This will include family and children’s activities, employment and education resources, spiritual care, access to technology, and connection to health care, schools and other community services.
“Low-barrier access to housing is critical for families experiencing homelessness,” says Dan Sieburg, Chief Program Officer of the Rescue Mission. “We’ve also found that regular contact with caring staff greatly improves family stability. In our supportive housing setting, case managers help families identify and work toward their goals and address challenges.”
Of the families and women the Auburn Rescue Mission serves, 90% report experiencing trauma – usually domestic violence. Too often, domestic violence, a health condition, or a traumatic event leads to homelessness. The Rescue Mission staff is trained in trauma informed care to provide support and assistance with awareness and sensitivity.
Twenty of the new Auburn Rescue Mission units will be permanent supportive housing. Eight units will be transitional housing where families stay as Rescue Mission staff assists them in finding permanent housing in the community. The new development expands on a six-year partnership with the Auburn Housing Authority, which owns and maintains the units and provides them to the Rescue Mission through a long-term lease.
“The Auburn Rescue Mission is helping families leave trauma and homelessness behind,” said Alan Thornton, Chief Executive Offer of the Rescue Mission Alliance. “It’s rewarding to see children from our supportive housing go off to college and pursue big dreams – often, they are the first in their families.”
The Auburn Rescue Mission is working to furnish all 28 of its new apartments, and to stock them with essential appliances such as clothes washers and dryers, and basic household items.
Your one-time gift will ensure that families have a place to call home. Or consider a monthly gift to support the essential year-round services the Rescue Mission provides to families working to get back on their feet.