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The Fourth & Hope housing program provides permanent supportive housing and transitional housing. The program's goal is to place families into housing as quickly as possible to provide stability and recovery from a crisis. This program includes supportive services such as classes on household budgeting, how to be a good tenant, and employment skills.

In 2018, 50 people found housing in our program, including 21 children and youth in families experiencing homelessness. Leaving a domestic violence situation was the cause of homelessness for 20% of persons served and 68% of the participants have a chronic mental or physical health condition.
Program Successes
- On average 70% of the families move to permanent supportive housing in less than two years.
- At least 50% of the adult participants find employment or income, and 100% of the children are enrolled in school.
- The stability that housing provides, helps in offering a safe environment for the children to thrive.
Our treatment services are located at Walter's House, next door to the emergency shelter. This residential substance abuse program had a 48% success rate for participants staying for more than 14 days to establish a life free from drugs, leading to employment, and stable housing.

We operate using a 'Therapeutic Community Model' where clients begin to understand how their decisions and behaviors affect everyone around them, addressing distorted thinking patterns and low self-opinion, and allowing clients to experience recovery from addictive behaviors, establish a life free from drugs, leading to employment and stable housing.

In 2015 and again in 2018, we achieved accreditation by CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This accreditation designates Walter's House as meeting internationally recognized standards for substance abuse treatment and demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of the people we serve.
Program Successes
- Last year, 81 individuals graduated from the Walter's House treatment program.

- The average length of stay is 90 days.

- In 2018, we were re-certified with CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) - reinforcing our commitment to continuously improve service quality and to focus on the satisfaction of the people we serve.
The Fourth & Hope emergency shelter provides year-round shelter nightly. We are the designated shelter for Yolo County. In 2018, Fourth & Hope provided emergency shelter to 280 men, women, and children. Separate dorms are provided for men and women, and families sleep together in the dining area. The median length of stay is 47 days, and 49% of shelter guests exited to a positive housing destination.

Fourth & Hope provides an evening meal and breakfast seven days a week and lunch five days a week - available to anyone in need. Almost 100,000 meals were served out of our kitchen last year. Our dedicated volunteers prepare, cook, and serve most of these meals and we are grateful for these stalwart community members.

We provide case management services for connecting our shelter guests with the appropriate resources and services to meet an individual's and family's comprehensive health and human needs. Guests are required to follow a case plan specific to the individual. The case plan outlines the path to housing and may involve a strategy to pay past debt and credit rehabilitation, save money for a rental deposit, securing reliable transportation, connect with services such as enrolling in SNAP, and other strategies for self sufficiency.

Parents are required to enroll children in, and assure attendance at, school of school-age children.

In late 2018, we partnered with the City of Woodland and County of Yolo to open up a temporary shelter (Extended Hope) across from Fourth & Hope to provide additional beds for people needing a safe, dry place to sleep. We will operate this shelter through June 2019.

For a second year, in 2019, we provided services for families needing shelter in January and February of this year in partnership with a community of volunteers from Woodland churches. We are currently in discussion with the City of Woodland and Friends of the Mission in the planning of a larger emergency shelter that will double our capacity, and provide much needed temporary housing.
Program Successes
- A man who has not had his own housing since 1979 moved into his own apartment in December 2018. Our dedicated case management team and available supportive services worked with him to access permanent, stable housing, after having spent the last almost 40 years on the streets and in temporary housing situations.

- A young family staying with us last year for almost a year, found housing success after taking full advantage of Fourth & Hope services. They worked with their case manager, found jobs, saved money, learned how to budget, and made sure their children attended school daily. They now have an apartment to call their own, and are grateful for the people and programs they found at Fourth & Hope.

- Recently, a single mother escaping a domestic violence situation, sought refuge and help from Fourth & Hope in early fall of 2017. She worked on her communication skills, anger and trust issues, and connected with service agencies. She said that the staff at Fourth & Hope helped her with making good decisions to support a positive future for herself and her son.

- Last year a single mom came to us hoping to regain housing and stability in her life. Once at Fourth & Hope, she re-connected with her children for the first time in over a year, and began working on a plan toward stability. Shelter staff informed her of housing opportunities and were supportive of her efforts. She was able to establish income, and is now a volunteer for Fourth & Hope, regaining purpose, responsibility, and direction.