Success Workshops are part of the HomeStretch educational program designed to teach clients needed life skills to reverse the homeless cycle. Every family participates in these workshops while enrolled in the HomeStretch program. Some topics of these educational sessions include: household management, meal planning/budgeting, parenting skills, career development, bank account management, credit tools and traps, basic car maintenance and stress management. HomeStretch graduates, staff, community members and local businesses all contribute to these workshops by donating their services, expertise and/or financial support.
Success Workshops were initiated for families within the HomeStretch program in February of 2000. A committee was formed to determine the content and focus of the initial Success Workshop sessions. HomeStretch modeled this educational program after the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Services Curriculum.
Workshop attendance is required for all clients in the HomeStretch Program. While adult participants listen to a speaker on a particular topic, the preschool children are supervised by the Roswell Woman’s Club. The Children’s Restoration Network provides academic tutoring and homework assistance for school-age children. In addition, every child partakes in basic etiquette sessions that address such subjects as diction, table manners, telephone skills and appropriate behavior in public situations. Dinner is provided for all family members and volunteers.
At the close of each workshop, families evaluate the session’s topic, guest speaker, and provided handouts. Overwhelmingly, the response from families is positive. Participants appreciate the educational value of workshops and enjoy supporting one another. Through Success Workshops, families learn how to overcome the need for emergency aid and dependency on public agencies.
Sponsorships from businesses, organizations, and individuals is critical to the survival of these workshops. Contributions of time, expertise and/or financial donations are welcomed as HomeStretch expands this program. A sponsorship of $250 helps cover the cost of educational materials and food for workshop attendees. All sponsorships receive recognition in our quarterly newsletter. Additionally, HomeStretch will distribute any informational handouts or giveaways to promote your business or organization. If you are interested in partnering with HomeStretch for this very special program, please contact
Monifa Watson at mwatson@HomeStretch.org.