Destination: Home

Destination Home: A Ten Year Journey to End Homelessness in Evansville and Vanderburgh County.

Following the lead of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Destination Home was developed locally over a 29 month period of time by over 200 community volunteers. Implementation of the plan began in 2005, and Aurora serves as the lead agency in the coordination of the strategies outlined in the plan. Destination: Home can be found at www.destination-home.info. The plan is a paradigm shift in how we perceive homelessness and in how we deliver services. It outlines a shift from an emergency and crisis driven approach to one of prevention and establishing permanent solutions.

In addition to serving as the Resource Coordinator and staff support to the Commission on Homelessness, Aurora also provides staff support to Destination: Home committees:

Aurora also serves as fiscal agent and provides staff supervision for:

  • Re–Entry Network & Welcome Home 82 Initiative: The Re-Entry Network is a homeless prevention network of community institutions launched as a public/private partnership by the Commission on Homelessness as part of the work of Destination: Home to prevent homelessness among individuals re-entering society from correctional facilities. For more information on Re-Entry, contact Rose at at rduran@auroraevansville.org.
  • Homeless Prevention Coalition Coordinator – The goal of the Homeless Prevention Coalition is to create a seamless community wide homeless prevention system. The Coalition is currently addressing prevention through four avenues: Child Care, Neighborhood Development, Financial Assistance and Main Stream Resources.  For information on the Homeless Prevention Coalition, contact Patty Pyle.
  • Vanderburgh Homeless Connect: This is a one-day, one-stop event  held at the Centre for the homeless and near homeless to receive services, information and a meal. The event is free. Results for 2012:
    • 653 guests served
    • 78 different vendors present with over 240 staff representatives
    • 78 volunteers assisted throughout the day
    • Over 4,100 individual services were performed
    • An additional 691 referrals to other agencies were given
    • 300 guest exit surveys were completed – of those, 90% report receiving the service they came for.
  • Bridges Out of Poverty: Bridges Out of Poverty Part 1 Training, a training to help you fully understand general characteristics of generational poverty. Bridges Out of Poverty Training is based on the work of Dr. Ruby Payne, Phil DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith, who are the co-authors of Bridges Out of Poverty:Strategies for Professionals and Communities. For more information on the Bridges Out of Poverty concept, visit: http://www.bridgesoutofpoverty.com/faqs/ To find out when the next Bridges training is, contact Patty Pyle at paypyle@auroraevansville.org.

 

Hair Cut: ERIN McCRACKEN / Courier & Press Cristi laughs as Jackie, a hair stylist, blow-dries her hair at the Vanderburgh County Homeless Connect. Holland came to the event because she needed information on housing, but her mother talked her into a haircut.

Hair Cut: ERIN McCRACKEN / Courier & Press Cristi laughs as Jackie, a hair stylist, blow-dries her hair at the Vanderburgh County Homeless Connect. Holland came to the event because she needed information on housing, but her mother talked her into a haircut.

Group Picture: The community met in 2012 to evaluate and reorganize Destination: Home plan.

Group Picture: The community met in 2012 to evaluate and reorganize Destination: Home plan.

 

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