Stepping Stones to Success Program

At Catherine’s House, we understand that each woman comes to us with a unique story and her own set of personal challenges that have, in some way, contributed to her current experience of homelessness.  Upon entry into the 4 month program, a Program Plan is developed based on her personal situation, her strengths and her current needs.  Then, using the program components listed below, each resident is empowered with skills, information and the confidence she needs to regain – then sustain – a healthy and productive life.  In this way, Catherine’s House is not just a place to stay…but a place to grow.

EMPLOYMENT                 PERSONAL WELLNESS           FINANCIAL LITERACY             HOUSING

 Individual Case Management Sessions:  These private sessions with an assigned case manager ensure that each resident is continuously working toward her individual goals using the resources, referrals and guidance offered.

Community Resource Room: Residents can use the on-site resource room to find information about local agencies that provide housing, employment, financial, wellness and other assistance. Computers can be used to complete online job applications and search for available housing rentals in order to meet Program Plan goals.

Job Seeking Assistance:  Residents learn how to search for employment, create a resume and participate in mock interviews by attending job readiness classes or workshops led by Catherine’s House volunteer professionals.

Parenting Support:  Valuable parenting information, support and encouragement is provided to mothers with children by a Parent Educator from the NC Extension Office.

Supportive Counseling:  The Living in Transition Group, facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, covers important topics such as Grief & Loss, Self-Worth and Personal Responsibility as they relate to women in transition.  Individual counseling is offered on site or a referral to outside mental health services can be made.

Stress Management Training:  Methods of stress reduction are learned and practiced in order to create order and balance during this time of transition and beyond.

Financial Literacy:  In addition to developing a personal budget, tracking her spending and exploring her beliefs about money, a resident will develop her own Resident Savings Account and contribute to it regularly.

Supportive Therapy Group:  Because telling the stories of our lives and witnessing others’ stories is healing, each resident is offered an opportunity share important events in her life with the community of residents in a structured, safe and supportive environment.

Social Activities:  Feeling isolated and withdrawn is a common reaction to the experience of homelessness.  For this reason, we encourage our residents to engage with other residents in the house community and participate in pleasurable activities in the local community when possible.

At Catherine’s House, residents are provided a small, private room and share common space such as kitchen, bath and laundry areas.  Along with following her Program Plan, each resident is responsible for the care of the home, including completion of cleaning duties.  If you are interested in completing the Stepping Stones to Success Program at Catherine’s House please call us at 704-825-9599 to request an initial phone screening.