Susanna Wesley House Incorporated is not only a place to grow and learn; it is truly a home for new beginnings.
We have been serving women in one form or another since 1919. In 2003, in direct response to the devastating need for housing that would allow homeless women to live with their children, SWH remodeled the facility to adhere to a Supportive Housing model, forging a partnership to provide the case management, educational, employment, counseling and other program services for the residents. Susanna Wesley House maintains the facility and, in effect, underwrites the program costs by allowing our partner organization to collect available government subsidies and rental income.
Families are not limited to a set length of stay at Susanna Wesley House, although the average stay is approximately 24 months. Families may stay as long as they are participating in the program, until they are ready to move on to the next level of independence. Sometimes, this means moving directly into the community with no further support. Often, the families continue to work with their case managers while living in rental housing in the community. Either way, the ultimate goal is complete independence and self-reliance.
Last year, we welcomed our 50th family to Susanna Wesley House. We look forward to a day when the concept of homelessness is a foreign one. Until then, Susanna Wesley House is committed to being there for the next 50 families, and beyond.