All of our residential programs are home-like environments in which each woman has her own bedroom, which she shares with her child or children. Kitchens, bathrooms, living and dining areas are communal areas shared by all the women living in the house. Our total per-night capacity is 24 women and 35 children.
Mary Lawson Foreman Emergency Program
Named for murdered community activist Mary Foreman, Casa Myrna's emergency shelter can accommodate up to 10 women and 13 children who have been made homeless by domestic violence. While in the program, they have access to all of Casa Myrna’s supportive services. After completing initial assessments, women work with agency staff and community-based service providers to plan their next steps. Maximum length of stay is 6 months, although no woman will be asked to leave if she has not found a safe housing option. Most women move on to a transitional living program while they continue to search for permanent housing.
Transitional Living Program (TLP)
Casa Myrna’s TLP provides longer-term housing for 6 women and up to 9 children. Most have already been through one (or more) emergency shelter placements, and are now working to secure permanent housing, improve their professional skills and solidify the gains they have made that will sustain futures free of violence and abuse. A typical length of stay is 12 – 14 months, though women can stay for 18 months and occasionally longer if they are close to finding permanent housing.
Teen Parenting Program (TPP)
TPP is a residential program for pregnant and parenting teen girls who have been victims of abuse. It can accommodate 8 women and up to 13 children. While at TTP, young mothers receive intensive education in parenting their young children, attend high school or GED classes, vocational or job-skills training programs, and participate in nightly group meetings on topics ranging from building meaningful self-esteem to the dynamics of abusive relationships. As with the TLP, they tend to stay for 12 – 14 months.
The Family Services program works to address the complex needs of children who have witnessed the abuse of their mothers, helping them heal and recover from the trauma they have experienced. The program is based on the belief that strengthening the bond between mother and child is critically important to the healing process in the aftermath of domestic violence.