Help Make A Shelter A Home

by Families Moving Forward
Apr 24, 2013

Positive Reinforcement Empowers Homeless Families

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Volunteer Taking Inventory

Your donations help us make a shelter a home, and we thank you for providing the support we need to run programs like our points system incentive program.

With a mission-driven process of fostering independence and offering positive reinforcement, the program staff at Genesis Home are utilizing donated goods to incentivize and generate excitement around goal achievement.   While we will continue to use donated items to furnish our family suites and help our graduates in their new homes, we are offering basic necessities to our current families in a “points system” incentive program.

Here is how it works:

We sort donations as they arrive and set aside the items we need for incoming families. The needs of a new family are the top priority. When a family moves in, our case managers advise our staff of the family size, and the room is completely set up for them with items such as towels, bedding, toiletries and cleaning supplies. We call this our “Welcome Wagon.”

Items that are not needed immediately for new families are set up in a “store” and a point value is assigned to each item. Toothpaste may be 10 points while a set of single sheets could be 300 points.

When Genesis Home families move in, they work with their case manager to set long term goals that are broken down into weekly goals. We believe in rewarding hard work and recently our staff built a point system to recognize accomplishment.  Points can be acquired in categories such as Finance and Asset Building, Parenting, Personal, and Community.  The points within each category are directly linked to overarching goals we have for our families. Even the children can be involved. Every school-age child must take part in our after school tutoring program. Points will be awarded to the children for their academic accomplishments and they will be able to spend their bonus points on donated books, toys or games. Once points are acquired, our clients can go shopping in our “store” to spend their points on family necessities.



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Families Moving Forward

Location: Durham,, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Shana Carignan
Director of Development
Durham, NC United States

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