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Evidence Based Programs


Fatherhood Initiatives

Turning Points for Children provides support for parents at SELF emergency shelters. With the use of  the evidence based Nurturing Parenting Program for Fathers, a 13-week group-based program for developing attitudes and skills for male nurturance designed and implemented specifically for dads, participants learn:

  • The secrets for creating safe, loving, stable, and nurtured families

  • Positive discipline tools taught through a uniquely father-friendly method for successful child behavior management

  • Effective family communication techniques to strengthen the father-child and father-mother relationships

  • How to stop fighting and arguing by using proven-effective strategies for conflict resolution and problem solving

  • How to achieve cooperation and teamwork in family life.

The program provides male caregivers with individual support to help them address personal barriers to engagement with their children and help to resolve these. It also helps them to build a network of peers that supports them in strengthening their bonds with their children, and continue to stay on track with achieving set goals.  The program connects fathers, their children and families to needed resources as well.

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Savings Program

Developed by the Office of Housing Services (now the Office of Homeless Services), the Savings Program:

  • Is not mandatory, but case managers strongly encourage participants to save a portion of their income

  • Any amounts deposited are for future housing.  Case managers return the total savings amount upon discharge from the facility.

  • Participants must use money orders to make deposits to their accounts.

  • The program has helped participants save as much as $12,000 during their stay in emergency housing.

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Participants created masks in one of the six-week workshops as part of Intentionally Theatrical Conversations


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Intentionally Theatrical Conversations:

Intentionally Theatrical Conversations (ITC) and Freedom Song is a six-week arts initiative housed at Ife Wellness Center that uses elements of Photo Voice as a means for participants to express their trauma through the creative arts. The multi-media project allows participants to release their personal trauma by speaking their truth through art and seeks to rebuke depression and make pride visible to promote profound healing.

Vice Chair Craig Williams discussing art

Dance Therapy

Participants from Susquehanna House danced to inspiring African drum beats by Yusuf Young at a dance class sponsored by SELF and taught by renowned African dancer Ama Schley. The class allowed participants to express themselves through curated movements that choreographic into an awe-inspiring triumphant dance.


Painting and Drawing

Participants at Station House and Susquehanna House created beautiful paintings in workshops facilitated by our graduate interns.

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