In 2015 alone, Rainbow Village received over 3,000 requests for acceptance into our program.
Did you know?
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs 2015 Homeless Count reported that there are 13,790 homeless Georgians on any given night, 30% of which were families with children, and 58% of which were residing in emergency or transitional housing. Georgia has available 4,803 year-round transitional housing beds, only 672 of which can accommodate homeless families.
- The state of Georgia ranks 8th nationally in the number of homeless people, and Gwinnett County in particular has one of the highest populations within the state.
- The average age of a homeless individual is 9 years old.
- Women and children in single-mother households have disproportionately higher rates of poverty.
- More than one in five children live in poverty.
- Women comprise half of the U.S. workforce, and one in three working mothers are their families’ sole income-earner.
- Parents and children of color have disproportionately high rates of poverty, reinforced by structural barriers such as labor market discrimination and lack of access to educational and economic opportunities.
These figures may seem overwhelming; how can such a widespread, deeply-rooted problem as generational homelessness ever end?
And that’s where you and Rainbow Village come in.
Utilizing a Two-Generational Approach
As the Aspen Institute defines it, the “Two-generation approach focuses on creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both vulnerable parents and children together.” Their research suggests that when families have access to high-quality early education and supports for children, assistance to strengthen parents’ caregiving skills and tools to improve their economic standing, the outcomes for parents and children will improve.
Rainbow Village uses this evidence-based approach to inform our comprehensive programming, which includes,
Transitional Housing: All families admitted into the program are provided with fully-furnished apartments and individual beds. By allowing families to experience the level of comfort and security that is possible in life, simply living in these apartments encourages a pursuit of upwards mobility, self-reliance, and stability.
Adult Programming: Classes are held on topics that include budgeting, home and automobile maintenance, life skills, parenting/caregiving, financial planning, career counseling, and credit building, as well as opportunities for continuing education through job training, scholarships, and on-site GED assistance.
Child and Youth Programming: The on-site afterschool program includes therapeutic play time, homework support, tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities through exploratory learning and field trips.
Health Services: Through a partnership with CHRIS Kids, all family members receive mental health counseling. In 2016, we are embarking upon a new collaboration with Bridge Atlanta Medical Center, who may partner to provide critical medical services to our families at low or no cost.
Alumni Services: We provide continued support for up to eight years following program completion for all former residents on their way to a greater level of independence. We offer a scholarship program, a young adult program, and continued financial literacy and workforce development counseling. Many of our mentors and counselors in the adult program are past residents.
Early Childhood Development: Childcare is provided for children six weeks to four years old in which they receive essential early childhood learning, measured by social, cognitive, development, and language skills. Through our 25 years of experience, we’ve come to understand that the generational cycles of homelessness, poverty, and domestic violence can only be broken with early, consistent intervention strategies. Rainbow Village’s ECDC provides for this through a safe, stable, nurturing environment necessary to achieve development outcomes.
A Community United to End the Cycles of Homelessness, Poverty, and Domestic Violence
Rainbow Village provides the shelter and services necessary to transition families out of homelessness and poverty, but it is only through our dedicated community of investors and volunteers that this work is possible. Through this generous, broad-based support, we have been able to assist more than 300 families on their way to hope, dignity, and independence.