We offer two stages of housing that provide Participants and their children with a safe place to live and the opportunity to implement the tools and life skills they learn in SAS programs.
We consistently hear from Participants and Alumnae of the SAS Program that the volunteer live-in model is instrumental in their healing. Healing comes through a residential model that is not a group home, but rather four women sharing a home in a child-friendly neighbourhood, where each roommate takes responsibility for creating a healthy living environment.
The Front-line houses are where women live when they first enter the SAS EXIT Life-Skills Program. It’s a place where they can stabilize their recovery and learn positive lifestyle skills in a warm, loving environment. Each house accommodates 3 women as well as a Live-in volunteer. The Live-In volunteer aims to model the attitudes and life skills taught in the day ASK Program. Each Participant has her own room and will stay until completion of her individual program, which is usually between 6 and 12 months.
There are Transitional Apartments for Participants who are finishing their EXIT Life-Skills Program, or past Participants seeking support who are employed or who are in school. They enjoy more independent living in a safe, supported community environment, where a Live-In volunteer who acts as the Apartment Manager is available. The Live-In supports tenants in applying skills that are needed when they move (addressing loneliness, landlord/tenant procedures, budgeting and problem-solving, etc.).