Providing Mental Health Services for Homeless Families
There are more than 1.5 million homeless Americans.
So far, 14 families are benefiting from Project RISE services. The Gloucester-based Wellspring House was founded in 1981. Last year, the organization helped 1,864 parents and children from Cape Ann and the larger North Shore region through a wide array of services, such as temporary shelter, housing referrals, and adult education and job training. One of the first families to benefit from Project RISE was a mom with two young children. The mother had a history of depression and substance misuse. The mother sustained a long period of homelessness in the past. “Homelessness is often a trigger for underlying issues,” Dimond said. With the help of Project RISE, the mother is able to better focus on saving money and securing more permanent housing, while clinicians are helping her with mood management and building healthy coping skills. So far, the mother has been showing substantial progress. Clinical therapy will remain in place after she finds permanent housing, for at least a year. There is no cost to these families, the services are provided through the grant funding. The $15,000 grant from Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals is being used to establish office space for two clinicians at Wellspring’s main campus in Gloucester, help with computer network improvements, and fund staff time for program planning. “We expect that nearly 200 families will receive ongoing clinical therapy services over the course of the program,” Dimond said. The program began in April 2019 and will run through September 2023.
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