A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Residential Services

The His House model is unlike many other residential programs. Each home is staffed with nurturing caregivers who make every effort to create a beautiful, cozy home where children feel safe and loved. The children eat meals as a family and participate in memorable activities including life skills sessions. The organization takes a holistic approach in the care of each child meeting their emotional, physical, and educational needs.

Sibling groups are of a particularly vulnerable population. Since they rely on each other for security and comfort, it is critical that they remain together. Therefore, the His House innovative model of care keeps these large sibling groups together to reduce the feelings of loss, minimize the traumatic separation from their parents, and promote their stability and well-being.

WELCOME CENTER

Receiving children in a warm home-like environment

The His House Welcome Center is a multi-purpose area located on campus where children can receive services and have access to a resource center for the purpose of empowering youth with the necessary life skills to better preparing them for independence and career readiness. This includes an entertainment area, a mini-library, and a computer lab to assist children with distant learning.

The center operates Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM for children of all ages. It is a warm and welcoming space where kids can gather and feel safe. His House is committed to being part of the solution as a front-line provider of care by reducing the trauma a child experiences and helping them return to a sense of normalcy.

A COVID-19 Message
from His House

COVID RESPONSE

Child Placement Services

During these uncertain times, the services of His House remain more important than ever. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, His House has designated cottages on campus for children diagnosed or exposed to the virus. Every cottage is fully equipped with supplies and PPE gear. Staff is fully trained in CDC and DOH guidelines and medical personnel is available, including an on-site nurse and an on-call expert pediatrician. Cottages are equipped with internet access and laptops so students may continue with distance learning.

Today, His House has expanded its COVID response placement services and was noted as the first residential program in the State of Florida willing to welcome children in foster care who have tested positive with the virus. The agency remains a beacon of hope for the children in Florida and beyond who are personally affected by COVID-19. His House is commitmented to helping children stay safe, secure, and calm during this turbulent time in their lives.

Clinical Program

Integral component of the organization’s mission

The His House Clinical Program is an integral component of the organization’s mission to restore the lives of children. Working collaboratively with the residential and foster care program, the clinical staff implements best practices to address the emotional and psychological wounds of each child. Medical care is also provided by the clinical team on-site for minor health issues.

The clinical team is comprised of clinicians, a nurse and a psychiatrist. Together, they work compassionately with the children utilizing a trauma-informed model of care to treat their emotional difficulties which often stem from episodes of abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and other horrific circumstances. An on-site clinical program promotes a continuum of care and reduces extensive delays in clinical services off-site.

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of foster youth suffer from mental health issues as compared to 18% – 22% of non-foster youth

Among children living below

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of the federal poverty level, more than 1 in 5 (22%) had a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder

TEEN MATERNITY PROGRAM

Residential Services

The His House Teen Maternity program offers an innovative approach to addressing the needs of pregnant and parenting teens by delivering comprehensive health, education, and social services to this extremely vulnerable population. The specialized home is warmly decorated, fostering a safe and nurturing environment. Every home accommodates four teens with each mother and her child sharing a private bedroom.

The program model provides weekly Independent living skills training, including early childhood development and infant care, budgeting techniques, transportation, cooking, and employability skills. In a home-like setting, pregnant teens and teen mothers learn to raise healthy babies by acquiring essential parenting skills to meet the emotional, medical, and nutritional needs of their children.

Independent Living Program

for a brighter future

In the effort to better serve the older foster youth who are preparing to “age-out” of the system and transition to independence, His House designated two residential cottages into “transitional” homes. The model is essential to equip foster youth to succeed and become self-sustaining. The transitional living program teaches skills such as budgeting, cooking and nutrition, household management, vocational skills, and             decision-making skills. The youth gain knowledge and skills necessary to live self-sufficiently, gain work experiences, receive practical life skills training, and the opportunity to attend weekly support groups. Through the support of community partners, the program offers the opportunity to learn and apply skills in real-world settings through internships.

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of teens in High School graduate high school

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