Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH) provides safety, stability, and solutions for homeless families in our community.
In 2015, we served 40 families, including 94 children! EPH provides shelter for struggling families, and allows them to be in a safe environment, while focusing on education, parenting, and financial obligations. We truly provide a helping hand toward long-term solutions for these families. We have so many stories of success, it is truly awesome —-all through the Grace of God.
As we start our 24th year (that’s right, 2017 is our 25th Anniversary), I want to share with you our overall belief system and strategy which is at the center of our ministry.
As faith calls us to minister with our neighbors in need, Ecumenical Partnership for Housing seeks, through partnerships with religious congregations and social service agencies, to provide transitional housing and supporting services for homeless families and children.
Through EPH sponsored transitional housing, extensive case management, and caring support services, families achieve the knowledge, skills, and “wholeness” for a self-sufficient future. 40 Family Solutions at a time by 2020.
• We will make a difference one family at a time.
• We will meet our families where they are.
• We believe our families respond to their environment.
• We will act with a sense of urgency to move families off of our waiting list.
• We believe we are called to put our faith into action.
1. Capacity and processes to serve families with increased barriers
• Implement Self-Sufficiency Index
• Growing and evolving case management
• LTSH direction
• Support services – child care, mentoring, employment
2. Operational capacity to meet future family and community needs
• Staffing alignment and infrastructure
• Partnership church development
• Growth of funding sources – capital, operational, and endowment
3. Our response to systemic issues related to family poverty and homelessness
• Increasing poverty in our community
• Socio-economic differences
• Barriers to living-wage employment
• Affordable housing
Jay Arves, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Board Representative for EPH, Inc.