Health and Wellness
Our Good Samaritan health clinic, run by Lotus Wellness Center, LLC, provides free women's wellness exams and screenings for indigent, uninsured women from Lotus House and our Overtown neighborhood. It is staffed entirely by volunteers dedicated to improving access to basic and preventive health care for homeless and poor women. Lotus Wellness Center offers free women's wellness exams, including pap smears, breast exams, TB and HIV testing, and other basic health screenings, in a supportive, nurturing environment where women are encouraged to learn and ask questions. Access to medications and health supports are arranged, and follow up includes consultative appointments and referrals to a wide range of community providers for further evaluation and treatment where needed. Patient education and the importance of continued preventive care are emphasized in this trauma informed environment, which is designed to serve as a welcoming gateway into the broader community health system.
This program is dedicated to providing the full range of support services needed by women who are homeless and pregnant and their newborn infants. Lotus House is the proud mother to over 128 newborns and counting! In a supportive and nurturing environment, our families are afforded a safe haven and an opportunity to learn and grow on every level. Mothers and babies receive much needed supplies. The shared apartments include cribs, changing tables, kitchens equipped with child safety features, and toys. Lush gardens and a play center offer children and mothers alike a safe environment in which to bond, play, and find peace and safety together. We provide coordinated, multi-faceted, wrap-around support services, arranging pre-natal care, birthing and parenting classes, access to medications, infant mental health screening, child-parent therapy, and medical and mental health treatment. We help them emerge from the shadows, build the foundation to become truly who they are meant to be.
Families and Children
Lotus House is committed to providing child and family centered services that promote trauma resolution in both children and mothers. Serving over 130 children daily, families benefit from evidence-based child therapy, dyadic parent/child therapy and parenting education to build the foundation for a safe, secure and better way of life. In addition to these critical components to healing, Lotus House offers a wide range of other programs and services that are needed. In addition to free shelter, clothing, and nourishing meals, Lotus House provides coordinated, multi-faceted, wrap-around support services, arranging pre-natal care, birthing and parenting classes, access to life saving medications, infant mental health screening, and medical and mental health treatment. Counselors serve as advocates to ensure every family receives social services and benefits essential to their new start to happy and healthy lives.
Youth and Teens
The Lotus House Youth and Teens Program provides a special home for young women who are struggling against the odds to realize their potential for a brighter future. Most adolescent women are referred to Lotus House via the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Homeless female youth, like older women, struggle to survive by being invisible, making their numbers difficult to count. Lotus House is sensitive to the special needs of homeless female youth and the traumas they have experienced, giving them time to heal, counseling and support services that make healing possible, and the opportunity to build the foundation for a secure future. Lotus House fosters positive youth development through a wide range of educational supports (such as school uniforms, supplies, and transportation assistance), life skills building, job training and social activities, designed to build a youth's capacity to support herself and avoid future homelessness.
Lotus House provides trauma-informed, holistic shelter and wrap around support services via its Rainbow Lotus Program for lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals experiencing homelessness. Since opening its doors, Lotus House has welcomed LBTQ guests, many of whom have suffered traumas and homelessness due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Guests are provided with the support of peers and allies in our weekly Rainbow Lotus psycho-educational groups at Lotus House, covering topics such as being transgender and transitioning, LGBTQ Discrimination (domestic and abroad) and the Law, being transgender and dating, domestic violence in same-sex relationships, how to deal with derogatory remarks, and being treated differently because of LGBTQ status.