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Volunteer Charity
Social Parental Support

Our Peer program is peer-led. More than 75% of the Board of Directors or Youth Advisory Board self-identify as people in personal recovery from their own substance use disorders using the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Model

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

The rehabilitation process aims at improving the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to live, learn, and work in the community with the least amount of professional support.

Goals of Psychosocial Rehabilitation

  • Empowered: Autonomy to set their own goals

  • Hopeful: About the future

  • Skilled: Life, work, social & other skills

  • Supported: Through relationship building and social connections

Psychosocial Rehabilitation Principles

  • All people have potential that can be developed

  • People have a right to self-determination

  • The emphasis is on the individual’s strengths rather than their symptoms

  • Each person’s needs are different

  • Professional services are committed and take place in as normalized an environment as possible

  • There is a focus on a social model of care (as opposed to medical model)

  • It is centered on the present rather than fixated on the past.

OBJECTIVES

Promote inclusive housing options and provide essential life skills for young adults' holistic development. Empower them to confidently contribute to society and navigate the complexities of modern life.

Comprehensive and Interventions 

Support them overcome the challenges they face due to homelessness and related psychosocial issues. The ultimate goal is to empower these individuals to reintegrate into society, achieve stability, and lead fulfilling lives. 

Diverse and Inclusive Housing Support

Support quality, safe, and affordable housing in a variety of types, sizes, locations, and costs to meet the needs of current and future young adults regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics.

Life Skills Development

Provide training and support in essential life skills such as budgeting, time management, communication, and problem-solving. These skills are crucial for maintaining stable housing, obtaining employment, and building positive relationships.

When a Peer (18-25yrs) request our support, below are some things they will encounter.

 1-on-1 peer support

Support groups 

Social outings

Personal development

Employment programs

Learning opportunities

Health and exercise programs

Creative arts

Method

Advocacy 

Empowerment 

Meals 

Volunteer opportunities

Youth and young-adult programs

 Meeting new people

Extended hours and/or weekends

Shout Out!

Deon, a Army Veteran, has been a great asset to our operations for the past year. Not only has he been flexible, with the ever-changing daily events, he is a team player.  Deon's compassion and passion towards our young people is over precedent.  He values himself as a humble person who have the heart and mind to our most vulnerable population- homeless street youth. His understanding of storytelling and peer engagement have made a strong impact in the wellbeing of our young people and Our Ark operations. 

Servicing over 35 young people, Deon has provided many times his outstanding leadership of loyalty, honor, and respect. He has went out his way to sit and drive for hours, with no hesitation, to assure our young people where provide the necessary tools they needed. He has taken leadership positions, in initiative, in the absence of orders, doing an outstanding job. These young people have expressed their gratitude toward his unwavering parental style approach and leadership.

Our Ark gives a big thank you to David, a one-of-a-kind Volunteer. 

You are appreciated!

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What Are They Saying

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Jane

It was at that moment, when I need someone to talk to and they were here for me. I see them all the time so I trust them. If I need someone to talk to, I know I have someone.  I wish there were more people like them to out here to help.

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