By Homestretch Clients
This series is based on the prompt "what is home to me"? The artists of these drawings are all part of the Homestretch program, a non-profit that empowers homeless families to rebuild their lives through providing the knowledge, hope, and skills they need to succeed. The artists have come from all around the country and world. It is evident through the work that home is more than a physical place to many and looks different for everyone. Some drew a singular house, and others drew buildings with multiple apartments in it. It is our clients hope that home may become a place of peace, safety, consistency, and celebration for them and their children.
Homestretch is designed to address the root causes of homelessness for each family and reverse it. Many of our clients arrive at our doorstep in fervent despair. Many are fleeing for their lives from domestic abuse. Many are trapped in the cycle of poverty. All of our clients have children under the age of 18. Homestretch is one of the few programs in the country with the comprehensive services to gather each family, address each dynamic, and enable permanent change. Homestretch families are able to achieve transformational change because they have, perhaps for the first time, the chance to address every problem in their lives with sufficient support to make swift and lasting progress. Because our expectations are high and we have such faith in what they can do, and because we remove all the reasons why they can’t, the families tend to make greater and more fundamental changes in their lives than they thought possible. Our program isn’t for everybody. It works best for people who really want to change their lives. But we – the Homestretch staff – feel like we – our clients, our volunteers, our donors, our supporters – are all in it together. Since our inception in 1990, we have assisted over 1,500 families to achieve stability and self-sufficiency. Our program is designed to work with each family, individually, to help the family develop a measurable and achievable service plan which addresses the root causes of homelessness. Homestretch graduates break the cycle, which means their lives, and their children’s lives, are uplifted.
Homestretch families are much MORE able to:
- Find a full-time job and stay employed
- Graduate from high school
- Complete college or vocational school
- Focus on building self-sufficiency
- Pay taxes, pay off debt
- Own a home
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