"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Our Program

Overview

The program at Esplanade House is designed specifically for homeless families with children. It began in an old motel on The Esplanade in 1991, and due to demand has since grown to 60 apartments and administrative buildings located off north Esplanade and East Shasta Ave. Go to Our Facility to view a slide show of our safe and sober campus, or contact us to schedule a tour.

The main goal of our program is to successfully rehabilitate homeless families who reenter mainstream society with the skills to become self-sufficient, the confidence that comes with education, and the determination to live a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their children.

The majority of parents in our program are recovering from a lifestyle of poverty and addiction that eventually led to a downward spiral into homelessness. Many had lost their children to a relative or Foster Care, and were reunited because of the safe and supportive environment we provide.

When accepted, families are given everything they need to start over: a furnished apartment, food, clothes, supplies, case manager, and counselor. They are surrounded by other families who all have the same challenge and rules to follow, including curfews and housekeeping. On average, we have 70 adults with over 100 children, and coordinate with dozens of agencies every day.

We have a two phase program that on average can accommodate families from 18-24 months. In the first phase, families live in apartments on the east side, and fully engaged in our daily program. Most families are overwhelmed by the shear magnitude of what is required to get their life on track, and need maximum support.

Phase One of our program may include the following activities:

  • Counseling for addiction recovery, domestic violence, or other core issues that need to be addressed.
  • Learning organizational skills that help navigate the social services system, probation, credit companies and legal and financial entities.
  • Case management assignments for clearing up debt, court dates, reinstatement of driver’s license, probation, and other important mandates for recovery.
  • Accessing work training programs or working toward a GED and higher education.
  • Classes on good parenting, and “Life Skills101” (balancing check books, proper nutrition, job preparedness)
  • Child advocacy for assisting with parenting support and accessing children's community services

On average, it takes clients from 12 to 18 months before moving on to phase  2.

In phase two:

Families move to apartments on the west side of the property for up to an additional year, and attend school or look for employment. It is supportive housing that offers participants the opportunity to “live what they have learned” in a safe, supportive environment that helps prevent relapse and keep friendships with other families who are committed to a healthy lifestyle.

In summary, we are committed to breaking the generational cycle of addiction, welfare dependency, and poor education. We feel that our program gives families the absolute best chance to succeed, because of the program structure, compassionate staff, and realistic time frame we have for developed for success.