Elizabeth House provides women with children in the San Francisco Bay Area with a variety of critical program services to help them on the road to self-sufficiency, including:
- Safe, affordable housing and nutritious meals
- Individualized case management services and mental health counseling
- Housing advocacy support
- Education and employment services, and
- Health and wellness education
Here at Elizabeth House, we believe that we can make the greatest impact on the lives of our residents by focusing on what we do best and collaborating with other high-quality programs to provide additional support. Through the generosity of a large volunteer corps, collaborations with local service providers and the generosity of free or low cost training by professionals in various life-service fields, we are able to provide our residents with necessary ‘extras.’
In order to enable a successful transition to independence, Elizabeth House supports each resident as she strengthens her life skills and searches for affordable, permanent housing. Residents typically move on from Elizabeth House into permanent housing after achieving many, if not all, of the following goals:
- Save money for first/last/deposit
- Repair poor credit
- Accomplish academic goals and obtain gainful employment
- Stabilize any ongoing health issues
- Secure affordable housing
Since 1991, more than 110 women have moved into permanent housing after leaving Elizabeth House.
- 90% of our residents successfully transition from Elizabeth House into permanent housing and maintain a quality of life modeled at our House.
- “Graduates” of Elizabeth House have accomplished incredible goals, including: degrees in Substance Abuse Counseling, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Computer Information Management; as much as 12 year’s sobriety; and long term employment within the food service, childcare, and home healthcare industries.
- One mom and three daughters reunited with their husband/father (who had successfully graduated from an intensive substance abuse treatment program), and the entire family moved back to the East Coast to be near their relatives.
- Another woman was promoted and relocated to Chicago with her two teenage sons, where a new job, house and car awaited them.
- One of our past residents returned to us as a member of paid staff and others have gone on to work at recovery programs and other service providers in which they were once the client.
As an indicator of the progress and wonderful connection past residents maintain with Elizabeth House, many return to us to volunteer, attend celebrations and participate in the life of the House — all opportunities for us to continue to support them and for all of us to enjoy our ever-growing family!
Elizabeth House residents pay a modest monthly rent (typically about 30% of their income, or around $340/month), that includes utilities and most food needs. Families live at the House for an average stay of one year. We provide an environment of dignity and equality, emphasizing that this is their home.
90 percent of residents successfully transition to permanent, independent housing upon leaving Elizabeth House. We assist the 10% that do not successfully transition into independent housing in accessing longer-term transitional housing (if necessary), treatment facilities (in the case of addiction relapse) or other arrangements to assist them in getting closer to their goals.
Nutrition & Health
Elizabeth House provides groceries for community dinners Mondays through Thursdays, with all adult residents and staff members preparing meals in turn. Good nutrition is a priority, especially because many residents are predisposed to diabetes and heart disease. Therefore, we provide training on preparing healthy meals to meet the nutritional needs of our community.
Our open pantry is always stocked with breakfast and lunch foods for the families. We offer food baskets to former residents just establishing themselves independently, and welcome everyone back for dinner if in need of sustenance or community support.
Elizabeth House promotes the mental and physical health of the women and children who reside with us. We offer mental health therapies provided through relationships with local clinics, information and referral assistance to address physical health needs, and financial assistance with urgent and preventative healthcare expenses.
One of our newest and most exciting collaborations is with Kerry’s Kids, a mobile pediatric health van. This wonderful crew of volunteer physicians, internists and other health care workers pulls up to EHouse in their health clinic-on-wheels once per month, dispensing advice, exams, medications, immunizations and big hugs.
Education at Elizabeth House is focused on both the women residents and their children. Many adult residents are students themselves, finishing up requirements for their high school diploma or GED certificate or post-secondary education programs. We provide individual tutoring to help with specific subjects and also basic literacy skills.
The mothers at Elizabeth House attend Parenting Group where they learn about the emotional, physical and developmental needs of their children. Other workshops include money management, nutrition, anger management and stress reduction.
The children living at Elizabeth House attend school daily. We provide an after-school Homework Club so children can get extra assistance. There is also a Reading Club for preschoolers to listen to their favorite books.
Our women’s Writing Group, “EWriters,” has been a wonderful outlet and community-builder among the residents, many of whom attest to the intellectual and therapeutic benefits of this supportive arena for writing and sharing.
Elizabeth House offers one-to-one assistance to support residents as they work to obtain or improve their employment situations. Available assistance includes individual job search support, access to soft- and hard- skills training through relationships with local job training sites, and financial assistance with child care, transportation, or any other potential obstacles to employment.