Paving a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living
First Stop, Inc.
is to pave a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living for our clients.
Many of our clients have endured enormous amounts of pain including sexual, emotional and physical abuse, rape, human trafficking, mental health issues and substance abuse. Our clients are as diverse as the trauma that plagues them, which is why we do not believe in a one-size fits all approach. We provide individualized case management that creates a path to independence.
We encounter our clients in our facility and in the spaces where they camp, we connect them with them with necessary services and offer to aid with a plan to achieve empowerment and stable and independent living.
can be riddled with land mines. Criminal backgrounds sometimes prohibit our clients from gainful employment, access to social services, and housing.
The Federal Government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development has determined that if we provide housing, we solve homelessness. First Stop disagrees. As a result, we no longer administer the SHP Program. We believe the issue of homelessness is more complex than lack of housing. Intensive, individualized case management is a necessity. We believe that homelessness can be solved by reaching individuals where they are and helping them to independence.
In 2015 First Stop launched a supportive employment plan based on micro-enterprises. The reception of these plans by the community was overwhelming.
In April of 2015 we built our Greenhouse with the support of Publix Supermarkets, Inc. so that our clients could learn to grow produce and sell it at local farmers markets.
In June of 2015, First Stop launched Palletable Alternatives furniture building project. First Stop, Inc. received monetary donations in exchange for furniture built from upgraded from cable spools and pallet wood. Our clients learn valuable trade skills and take pride in their work and craftsmanship. In the near future, we plan to turn this project into real, paying jobs for our clients.
And at the end of 2015, we announced our third microenterprise Teach'em to Fish. Our clients farm earthworms, otherwise known as vermiculture. This enterprise may sound odd but is a highly profitable business. In addition, castings from the worms creates a compost tea that will feed our garden and other gardens in our community.
First Stop puts the "we" in "empower" and "we" need you. Those enterprises need community and monetary support. Help us be a part of that solution