Carolina Hill is a private, non-profit (Chapter 180, 501(c) 3) corporation
operating as a transitional shelter for homeless women and children. Our
program is reality-based, pragmatically approached, result-oriented, and it is
unique in several aspects.
Our services are designed to break the cycle of repeated homelessness
experienced by many families. We are also unique in our ability to accommodate
families whose members may have special needs, (i.e. developmentally disabled
or handicapped), due to the specialized training and experience of our staff.
Our physical facility and its location are ideal for a shelter program. The
fenced yard, recreation building and living spaces are ideally suited for
larger families who cannot find shelter elsewhere.
The average length of stay for a family here at Carolina Hill is six
months, during which the mothers receive mandatory counseling in order to
examine the reasons for their homelessness and to avoid similar situations in
the future. The program houses from 13 - 16 families depending upon the size
of the families. Since June 1988, we have provided for 323 families with a
total of 610 children.
Training is provided in basic life skills such as money management,
parenting, nutrition, assertiveness and accessing community resources. These
training programs which emphasize the acquisition of skills, confidence and
information, lead to a certificate of "housing readiness" and can
expedite a successful housing search. While all Carolina Hill residents share
a common problem of homelessness, many are also escaping situations of
domestic violence and/or recovering from substance abuse. After families are
successfully placed in a new home, we offer follow-up services to assist their
smooth transition into local schools and social services.