The tradition remains strong today with programs providing emergency support, case management, education and referrals that focus on helping families become more self-sufficient and prevent homelessness. Our Housing Advocacy program helps clients striving for self-sufficiency, with rental and utility assistance, as they work towards housing stability. It is our case management-based approach and personal contact that make us different.
Housing Advocacy Program
Rental and Utility Assistance
Basic Life Skills Training
Information and Referral
Emergency and Surplus Food Distribution
Clothing and Warm Coats
Holiday Food Baskets
A working low income single mother of two attended a Family Service housing orientation. The client and her children were living in motels. Due to their situation, they had no stable way of cooking, therefore acquiring more food costs.
Client was exhausting her paychecks on groceries, motels, transportation and food, and never quite making enough to save for her move in deposit and first month’s rent. The battle, for her, seemed impossible. The client worked with one of our case managers and created a plan and a budget. Through her own hard work and diligence, Family Service was able to help her move into her own place in Redlands, stabilizing her children into a healthier living environment.
Family Service Association of Redlands is incredibly grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their continued investment in Family Service and the community.
In 2018 San Manuel renewed their commitment to Family Service with a grant of $100,000. The grant was earmarked for our Housing Program with funds set aside to strengthen our employment efforts with selected- take out and change to unemployed and under employed clients.
Housing Advocacy and Assistance is one of the most essential programs provided by Family Service – and one of the most expensive with nearly a third of our budget reserved for housing expenses. Family Service acts as a safety-net system for low income, homeless, at-risk homeless families in the East San Bernardino County. In the past year the San Manuel grant has helped us serve over 100 families escape the imminent dangers of homelessness.
The Path to Success program for employment continues to be a success. The grant from San Manuel allowed change to allows Family Service to employ a case manager who is able to provide one on one coaching to selected clients and help with their job search. Clients sign a contract with the case manager indicating that they were willing to do the work necessary to better their circumstances.
In case after case, it is obvious that a little coaching and, sometimes some financial help, goes a long way. When clients hit a road block in their studies or job search, it helps tremendously to have a coach to help brainstorm ways to get past the obstacle, rather than giving up. Clients are also able to apply for employment scholarships to help them on their path to success.
Thank you San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for continuing to believe in the work of Family Service Association of Redlands. Your friendship and partnership goes all the way back to the days of the Smiley Brothers. Thank you.