The last programour families will ever need
The Acres of Hope program is one-of-a-kind in the nation for both women and children. It walks families through the process of change, healing, and growth that they need to completely overcome the cycles of homelessness, trauma, addiction, and poverty. We do this using a holistic approach that addresses whole-person, whole-family health. As a result, families graduating Acres of Hope are Mentally Strong, Emotionally Strong, Spiritually Strong, Body Strong, and Relationally Strong. These ‘5 Strengths’ prepare them for a successful life after Acres of Hope.
Some of the tools we use to build strength in our residents include: a structured daily schedule, monitored sobriety, licensed counseling, intensive case management, health initiatives, life skills training, parenting instruction, recovery groups, relapse prevention counseling, emotional regulation coaching, job training and internship opportunities, as well as recreational activities all in a warm, family environment. In our children’s program, our littlest residents participate in social emotional learning themes in a calm, nurturing, sensory-first environment. All of our staff and volunteers are trained to meet the needs of children that have experienced trauma, separation, and adversity.
Our program is based on sound, grace-based biblical principles and the latest in brain science, addiction research and trauma treatment.
- 92% have experienced severe physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.
- 63% of homeless mothers have been violently abused by an intimate male partner. 27% required medical treatment.
- 44% lived outside their homes at some point during their childhood. Of these women, 20% were placed in foster care.
- 36% have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a rate three times higher than other women.
- 66% of homeless women were violently abused by a childhood caretaker or other adult in their household before reaching age 18.
- 43% of homeless women were sexually molested as children.
- Homeless mothers have ulcers at four times the rate of other women.
- 4% of school-aged children who have been homeless have lived apart from their families.
- Almost 25% of homeless children have witnessed acts of violence within their family.
- 62% of formerly homeless, extremely low-income children (ages 8 to 17 years old) have been exposed to violence. For children over 12, the rate of exposure to violence climbs to 83%.
- Homeless children suffer from emotional or behavioral problems that interfere with learning at almost three times the rate of other children.
- Homeless children between 6 and 17 years old struggle with high rates of mental health problems. For example, 47% have problems such as anxiety, depression, or withdrawal, compared to 18% of other school-age children.
We are committed to the healing process of each individual that will support their own renewal process.