Campaign Focus Area #1: Serving More Families
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The 20/20 Vision Campaign will enable Brethren Housing
Association to serve more than 20 families at any given time. This doubles our capacity through expanded housing in the Transitions and Fast Track
programs and enhanced follow-up support with the
new Next Steps program.
Expanding the Transitions Program
Since 1989, we’ve operated a two-year transitional
housing program for homeless women and their
children. We work with each family to strengthen
their financial self-sufficiency, parenting skills and
family life. We help them develop supportive relationships and eventually move into their own
housing. Our goal is to grow this program from
nine families to 15 families on Hummel Street in
“BHA helped me to stay clean, giving me a
place to call my home for me and my kids.
I know though that it's because of God that
I am clean and sober today. I owe BHA my
life … I just know that I was given a second
chance at life for me and my two children
and I thank God for making it all possible.”
— Monica, BHA Graduate
Read testimonies of lives impacted by the ministry of BHA:
Launching the Fast Track Program
In 2010 we opened Fast Track, a variation on the
Transitions program, limited to four months and
designed for families who become homeless due
to job loss in the current economy, but who do
not need the more comprehensive services of our
Transitions program to get back on their feet.
Launching the Next Steps Program
Also opened in 2010, the Next Steps program
provides follow-up support to formerly homeless
families now living in the community. Rental
subsidy is available on a decreasing basis for
several months to ease their transition while the
participant continues to
improve their earning
Expanding Bagwashi Circles Initiative
Bagwashi is an African word meaning “those that
help one another.” Through Bagwashi Circles,
program participants strengthen their network of
supportive relationships through trained mentors
from local churches. As we double the number of
families we serve, we must also grow our Bagwashi
How Can You Invest In Serving More Families?
Provides housing to three families for one year.
Provides for Bagwashi Circle expansion over 18 months.
Helps four families develop a comprehensive goal plan for individual, family, and financial stability.
Provides heat to six families for one winter.
Provides case management support to two families for three months.
Through these expansion efforts, we will be able to adapt our services to the diverse needs of the homeless families we serve. Up to 70 women, men and children each day will find hope through the ministry of BHA.
Invest in the 20/20 Vision:
The official registration and financial information of Brethren Housing Association
may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within
Pennsylvania, 1.800.732.0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.
Revised: 5/1/2011 1:13:57 AM