A safe, comfortable, affordable home provides enormous possibilities for an individual or family striving to secure a hopeful future.
Our tenants often require more than housing to reach their lifetime goals. This is where The Embrace Foundation resident services become imperative!
Embrace’s skilled coordinators assess residents’ goals, evaluate available resources, and offer a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.
Embrace was created in 1999 to expand FFAH’s mission to “Create safe, comfortable, affordable housing”. FFAH wanted to pursue a more personal impact on its residents and the greater community. To this end, FFAH adopted the mission “Building homes, creating communities, enriching lives”, and this deeper, more personal focus gave birth to Embrace.
Today, Embrace provides onsite services to a growing number of properties. Our primary goal is to help our tenants overcome barriers to success. We do this largely by connecting residents to services that already exist in the community and by facilitating their access to governmental programs. Additionally, coordinators provide onsite services tailored to the specific needs of the residents.
When Embrace is established in a community, there’s improved maintenance within apartments, improved relations between management and residents, and increased resident satisfaction. These benefits have resulted in protection of property values, a more stable resident population, and the increased marketability of service enriched housing. Embrace helps preserve the affordable housing stock for low-income populations.
By encouraging community members to develop relationships with each other, we decrease resident turnover, cut down on crime and vandalism, and keep our communities vibrant and healthy. Residents respect, look out for, and take care of one another.
Examples of Embrace Programs
At each property Embrace determines which goals are achievable and to what degree, depending on funding and local resources. These goals may include providing:
Activities to Build Community
- Information posted in public area for community events, calendars, and newsletters
- Food Distributions
- Tax Prep help
- Resource Assistance
- Community Linkage
- Reading / Writing workshops
- Financial Literacy
- Resume Writing
- Computer Classes
- Parenting Classes
- ESL GED qualification classes
Activities to Build Community
- Social Events
- Holiday Celebrations
- Potluck Gatherings
- Community Games (Bingo)
- Exercise Classes
- Eating on a Budget
- Cooking Classes
- Self-Care workshops
- Health Assessments
- Flu Shot workshops
After School Programs
- Homework Support
- STEAM based programming
- Tutoring Assistance
- Nutritious Snacks
Arts & Crafts
Supporting Our Children
Children are exposed to opportunities they might not otherwise receive such as homework club, computer labs, mentorship, and internships. We provide recreational and skill-building activities that focus on health, wellness, nutrition, physical exercise, art and music, and more. After school programs are a safe place where kids can receive academic and emotional support and learn coping skills and support one another.
Special Needs Residents
We are also dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our residents. Our service coordinators will visit, listen to, and respond to the needs of residents who are disabled or otherwise have special needs.
Embrace Service Coordinators
A service coordinator is a safe person who residents can share their concerns, issues, and struggles with, resulting in greater quality of life, building resilience and stronger mental health. Our service coordinators are on site and therefore another set of eyes on the property itself, helping to improve both longevity of the property and increased peace of mind for residents.
Examples of Service Coordinator duties
- Coordinate educational classes
- Facilitate community needs assessments utilizing questionnaires, community meetings and one- on-one interviews.
- Facilitate the implementation of individual social services plan (when applicable)
- Insure quality program delivery to the apartment community
- Interface with local community groups to recruit additional service delivery partners
- Interface with on-site property management and supervisory staff
- Other activities that support the residents
Embrace Foundation In Action
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