ST. ELIZABETH HOUSE
Transitional Living Program
Home to 48 adults who live in single units for up to 2 years while they identify and face the complex issues that caused them to become homeless. Working closely with case managers, formerly homeless individuals set and meet goals that will return them to self-sufficiency and independence. In addition to housing and intensive case management, services include meals, access to donated clothing, nursing care, job preparation and job placement.
Community Respite Program
Short-term housing for 10 adults experiencing mental health crisis, which allows them to avoid in-patient hospital stays. In addition to housing, individuals are provided with intensive case management supports that assist them to return to independent living in the community.
The Friendship Center
The Friendship Center programs at St. Elizabeth House address the basic needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Nearly 250 individuals come to the Friendship Center six days a week (closed on Sunday) for the Meals Program (soup kitchen), serving meals to 5,564 unduplicated individuals in the last year; the Day-Shelter, which offers a way to stay off the streets, get a shower, access clean clothing, use a telephone, see the nurse and talk with a case manager; and the Family Services Program, offering families with a children access to a full-time family case manager to help them access and maintain stable housing. The basic needs services, co-located at St. Elizabeth House, offer individuals entry into a continuum of services that will allow them to return to independence and self-sufficiency.
Mercy Housing and Shelter operates a transitional living program that offers safe, clean, temporary housing for 70 homeless men and women living in the South Central Region of Connecticut. Set in a quiet corner of the Connecticut Valley Hospital grounds in Middletown, this program provides each resident with meals, showers, clothing, and laundry facilities as well as access to a wide variety of support services. Each resident meets with a case manager to develop a plan of action that will help them return to lives of independence and self sufficiency. Residents have access to a number of services, including counseling and crisis intervention, education and employment assistance, income management, assistance in obtaining housing, and daily living skills training. Residents may also be referred to additional community support services including substance abuse treatment programs, mental health services, vocational and pre-vocational training and adult education. The program also facilitates resident's recovery by providing all individuals with the chance to form meaningful personal relationships through house meetings, shared recreational activities, and support groups.
The Mercy House residential program provides intensive counseling and case management support for 9 adults who have co-existing disabilities. Staff at Mercy House play an important role in residents' treatment and recovery by helping them access critical health services, providing case management, and offering educational and recreational programs.
Catherine's Place is Mercy's short-term residential facility in Hartford for women only with beds for 16 women, two beds per room, who have a history of substance abuse and homelessness. Mercy provides food, clothing, case management, and help with employment, permanent housing, and other services, in partnership with St. Joseph College and members of the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church and the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry communities.
THE RESIDENCE AT ST. MARY'S
The Residence at St. Mary's, located within St. Mary Home in West Hartford, provides 12 units of permanent supportive housing and intensive case management for otherwise homeless men and women who have psychiatric disabilities. Case management and support assist residents to live independently in community-based residential living arrangements.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING SERVICES
Mercy Housing and Shelter offers community scattered-site Supportive Housing in Hartford, Middlesex County, and Tolland County. These residential sites help formerly homeless people manage their health and wellness challenges and achieve a level of personal stability that will allow them to maintain long term residence in their own apartments. A range of supportive services is available to residents, including case management, education, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.
For individuals who have no income and/or are homeless, there is EMERGENCY SHORT TERM HOUSING available. This is a temporary placement while income sources are accessed, or a brief transition while more permanent hosuing is sought. Maximum stay is 42 days and the client must abide by temporary placement rules.