The empowerment liaison program is a peer supported program that will assist a participant to understand the participants sense of self and their ability to direct their own lives. In providing peer supported relationships, with an emphasis on mutuality, we provide an opportunity to shift the focus from problems and problem-solving to learning about the experiences that have shaped each other’s lives. In the process of learning rather than helping, peer supporters and the women they engage will discover a larger, richer context for understanding and appreciating each other.
Each participant that enrolls in the program will have access to a variety of trauma informed counseling programs. Depending on the participants needs and goals, the participant can receive:
(1) financial independence counseling
(2) family planning and parenting counseling
(3) mental health counseling
(4) children’s counseling
Depending on the program, the participants will either receive personal counseling or group counseling by volunteers or a licensed staffed member, all services for counseling will be based on trauma informed response.
We plan to have participants enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to advance their education and careers. We plan to have the program will provide GED preparation, for those participants who have not received a high school diploma. For those participants that have successfully completed an educational program, the Applicant hopes to offer scholarship opportunities for secondary schooling. Additionally, we plan to offer services to learn technology and other business classes to help advance career. We plan to establish relationships with other businesses to create job opportunities for participants and being a liaison in the community.
We plan to offer transportation vouchers to individuals from the domestic situation to our facility. We would like to provide resources to get participants driver’s license if needed. We plan to provide vouchers for transportation. We plan to work on partnering with car sales to provide individuals access to a vehicle in order to get to work. We plan to offer a transportation service which will take children and women to doctor appointments and schooling.
We plan to provide vouchers for a childcare program for participants as needed to attend job training, jobs or classes and events held by The Diamond Place Inc. While providing informational support on trauma and a safe environment for kids.
How can a woman escape if she isn't treated with dignity and respect?
In order to give privacy, we utilize extend stay motels and hotels, for non-congregated shelters which will be utilized for the initial emergency shelter of 120 days.
While in transition to transitional housing we will provide access to hair and makeup services. Access to clothing, food and basic necessities.
We provide a longer more realistic approach to housing. How are women expected to heal from their physical wounds? Heal from your emotional wounds? Learn how to budget and function as an adult after just experiencing a major trauma. On top of that, somehow, you're supposed to be financially independent, and oh did I mention, you have to navigate the never ending system and find a job? People need more time!