Single Moms Program
The Sheridan House Single Moms’ Program aids moms who fall below the ALICE threshold. On a short-term basis, it helps struggling mothers by helping to pay for bills such as utilities, rent, and car insurance. Moreover, through generous donations from stores such as Publix and Trader Joe’s, single moms are able to shop for groceries each week at the Sheridan House food pantry. For the long-term benefits, Sheridan House offers Training Classes in which professional teachers demonstrate and explain important life skills. The moms take this new knowledge out and begin using it daily at home and in the work force. Additionally in June 2018, single mom families moved into the first triplex for transitional housing. The same month, we broke ground on the second triplex. This housing will pave the way to independence for the women in the Single Moms Program. These mom, who have hit a financial crisis and cannot currently afford housing, are empowered through the opportunity to get back on their feet. The crisis aid helps single moms from falling into poverty while the Training Classes and Single Moms Transitional Housing teach them to be economically self-reliant.
Residential Behavior-Modification Program
The Residential Program at Sheridan House serves at-risk teenage boys* and their families as house parents and behavior specialists implement our evidence-based behavior modification program. Rather than simply providing remediation, we proactively watch for and respond to boys’ individual struggles. The boys earn positive and negative consequences that reinforce good character. The boys spend weekdays at Sheridan House, then go home weekends to work with family on their goals. On average, a boy is in program for 10-14 months.
Behavioral and academic progress are tracked throughout their stay. We aim for 80% to show improvement, evidenced in the Disruptive Behavior Inventory (DBI) which measures negative conduct such as disrespect and self-harm. 97% of the parents report improvement in their son’s behavior. We anticipate 80% to increase their academic performances, shown by Grade Point Averages (GPA). Since 2016, scores increased an average of 1.20 points; no matter their length of stay, 85% of our boys have higher GPAs when they exit!
A unique aspects is that Sheridan House staff also trains the parents. We provide parenting skills and encourage them to lead their families with confidence, love, and grace. Our chief aim is to provide a caring environment for children to develop essential life skills, accept responsibility for their actions, and return home with parents educated and equipped to care for them.
*Sheridan House plans to reopen its Girls Residential Program soon.
So many children and adults face the impact of trauma after they have made negative decisions that have profoundly affected their futures. It is our hope in our Counseling Centers to help them now to work through the pains that have spiraled from negative incidents so they can continue life free of the baggage that others have inflicted on them. Our goal is to increase coping skills and to open avenues through which they can express themselves in order to heal. Through their extensive training and experience, our Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists aim to help people overcome barriers they face.
Each year, Sheridan House provides counseling sessions for free or at highly-reduced rates based on a sliding-scale fee. There is no charge to the clients for pro bono sessions; however, if they are able, we ask them to donate a minimal amount of $20. This payment empowers them to succeed as they sense they are investing in their well-being. With the support they get from therapists in the Counseling Centers, each client receives the tools necessary to get past traumatic experiences.
Parenting on Purpose
We all know children don't come with instruction manuals, and with today's barrage of seemingly opposing information and uncharted societal issues, parenting can seem overwhelming. Parenting on Purpose seeks to help parents make sense of all the information, through proven and practical parenting solutions.
The Parenting on Purpose website offers a blog, as well as 15 minute podcasts, featuring Dr. Bob Barnes and his daughter, Torrey Roberts. These products can also be accessed through the Parenting on Purpose app, which can be found both on iTunes and Google Play. Each year the Parenting on Purpose website has over 600,000 visitors! For more information, go to ParentingOnPurpose.org.