A look back at 2018.
A look forward to 2019.
Over the past three decades, Perspectives has created programs addressing sobriety, mental health, nutrition, employment, and parenting skills through a team of multidisciplinary professionals. Our comprehensive, trauma-informed care approach includes a large Family Center, just down the road from our residential campus. This facility has allowed us to serve the entire family and address the academic, social, emotional, and nutritional enrichment needs of the children in our programs.
We are proud to say that today, our program is the largest therapeutic supportive housing for women and children in the Midwest.
The Supportive Housing Program is one of the more visible and tangible programs at Perspectives. The mothers and children that arrive at Perspectives are coming directly from homeless shelters.
In 2018, Perspectives was able to provide housing for 75 mothers and 110 children in our 53 completely furnished apartment units.
Through our Furnishing Hope campaign, these apartments come fully furnished. Everything from beds and dressers to kitchen supplies and soft goods are ready when the family moves in.
Kids Connection is a program designed to close academic achievement gaps and to provide social enrichment through activities that include drug/violence prevention, mental health services, arts, music, and technology programming.
During the 2017-18 school year, Kids Connection served 123 children. Our summer enrollment program for K-5th grade served 64 kids. One of the goals of the program is to help ensure that the children attend school and then maintain or improve their academic performance. During the 2017-2018 school year, children in Kids Connection achieved a 93% school attendance rate and 93% maintained or improved their academic performance.
Perspectives’ popular Kids Cafe Program at our Family Center was busy in 2018, serving 1331 breakfasts, 1434 lunches, and 5957 dinners to our students. More than 8000 meals were served! Likewise, Kids Cafe served 7636 snacks along the way.
All Perspectives program mothers are treated for substance use and mental health disorders through our Clinical Services. The curriculum is trauma-informed and offers various focus topics, such as relapse prevention, self-care, emotional skills, and trauma processing.
Perspectives provides women, children, and families with individual, group, and family psychotherapy. In addition to a wide range of treatment approaches, staff expertise includes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children, 0-3 infant/toddler mental health, play therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Last year, Perspectives provided more than 3000 total hours of counseling in these areas.
Our Parenting Time Program provides a trauma-informed environment at our Family Center for children whose parents are court-ordered to have supervised or monitored visitation and exchanges, fostering the opportunity for parent and child to reunite. In 2018, our Parenting Time Program served 75 families, including 100 children and 150 adults, 750 sessions of supervised visitation and 450 hours of child exchange.
In 2019, Perspectives is looking to grow each of these programs and serve our mothers and children in the most informed way possible. As part of our growth, Perspectives is looking to expand our Family Center to incorporate more than 16,000 square feet of additional program space through our Seed the Change campaign.
Perspectives is always looking for volunteers, individuals and groups, to help with any of our programs, or to sponsor an apartment through our Furnishing Hope campaign. If you or a group you are affiliated with are looking for volunteer opportunities, we encourage you to check our Get Involved page or Contact Us if you are ready to get involved.