Program Manager 


Ife Wellness Center is a safe space for personal growth, achievement and healing along an individual’s journey and is newest resource within a network of housing and human services provided by SELF. The word Ife means love in the Yoruba Language, which is spoken by nearly 30 million people primarily in West Africa.  This center was endowed from a foundation of love for the community and love for those with the resiliency to recover from various societal and personal challenges. The team at IFE Wellness Center understands that every participants’ journey is separate and unique. Using wellness-focused, case management and innovative programming combined with community engagement and access to timely medical, behavioral, and housing services, the Ife team provides participants with the support they need to advance them along their journeys.


One Day At A Time (ODAAT), Angels In Motion (AIM), Prevention Point, and SELF’s Outreach Team, serve as the referral sources for program participants deemed appropriate for Ife Wellness Center Emergency Housing program. Participants are screened using h the standard Office of Homeless Service Intake Center process with additional questions and information collection as needed. Ife Wellness Center, serves single, adults who identify as male as female, are experiencing homelessness, and are between the ages of 18 and 70+ years old.  

The average length of stay in the emergency housing facility that serves up 80 men and women is about six months or more.  Ife participants have access to an array of services that include skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts.


Ife Wellness Center team members and partners provide:

  • Support designed to shorten emergency housing stays and promote rapid movement to permanent housing.  

  • Housing Focused Case Management (HFCS), which is critical to moving participants to permanent housing.  HFCS includes but is not be limited to an assessment of participant housing and housing-related needs soon after they enter emergency housing, the development of an individualized housing plan that includes housing directed goals and timetables, assessment of other service needs and referrals to the appropriate resources, and regular and consistent follow-up.

  • Timetables for completion of the goals are ambitious and coordinated with the 90-day target for movement to permanent housing.

  • A program focus that addresses the needs of the participant to develop the skills necessary to transition to independence and permanent housing.


 Evidence-based programs include:

  • Education Training (offered by the Office of Adult Education)

  • Structured leisure (evening and weekend) time

  •  Employment Opportunities

  • Health Initiatives Offered by Temple University Medical Students

    • Wellness

    • Health Education

    • Resolving Medical Issues

  • Life Skills Development

    • Groups

    • Upkeep of Home and Surrounding Property

    • Recovery

    • Overcoming and Concurring Barriers

    • Personal Appearance

    • Grooming

    • Personal Hygiene

    • Budgeting

  • Community Connections and Supportive Relationships

    • Familiar Engagement and Involvement

    • Community Engagement and Involvement

    • Involvement with Local Civic, Cultural and Religious Institutions



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