The Casa San Francisco program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington recently received a $5,000 grant from the Carl M. Freeman Foundation and its Freeman Assists Communities with Extra Support.
Funding will purchase transportation services from local vendors so that clients can attend appointments, apply for jobs and attend job interviews.
Casa San Francisco in Milton is a 12-bed emergency shelter giving single adults a 30-day stay in which to find the necessary supports to end their homelessness. During their residence, clients work with a case manager to identify their individual needs and develop an action plan to meet those needs. The Casa case manager empowers clients by referring them to appropriate community services, supporting and encouraging any attempt at employment, and helping them plan for more permanent housing once their shelter stay ends. The case manager also coordinates integrated health services with state service centers and appropriate drug, alcohol, mental health agencies and medical facilities.
“We are grateful to the Freeman Foundation and the FACES program for this funding,” said Richelle A. Vible, Catholic Charities executive director. “We know that lack of transportation is a leading service gap for the homeless. Sussex County also has limited evening and weekend public transportation services, and transit service between urban and rural areas. These shortages prevent Casa clients from accessing jobs in the suburbs and rural areas in Sussex County. The funding we have received from the FACES program will empower our clients in their journey toward self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of homelessness.”