ABOUT THE FRIENDS OF STELLA MARIS
WHO ARE WE?
Sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Friends of Stella Maris Advisory Board & Guild collaborates with other people of good will in relieving needs of homeless women and their children and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served.
To provide housing, food, and a safe, supportive environment to women and their children in our community whose lives have become compromised.
Bridge to Home Funding Goals:
Expand our Shelter capacity to include full-time Case Management paired with nationally recognized evidenced-based and best practices including Trauma Informed Care, Progressive Engagement and Stages of Change.
Grow our capacity to help women with emergent situational needs while they’re in shelter i.e., car insurance or repairs, pre-employment testing, and airline tickets for travel to return home to family.
Aid women in attaining housing stability “post” shelter by assisting with rental deposits, first month’s rent, utility deposits, and associated transition expenses.
DID YOU KNOW?
1 in 4 women consider domestic violence to be the main factor in their current homelessness
Being homeless often means decreased personal safety for women
Homeless women are living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders at a much higher rate than the general population
Access to comprehensive healthcare can be difficult to navigate for women that are experiencing homelessness
Gender inequality in jobs makes escaping homeless even more difficult