Wellness Group is an ongoing open group focused on preventative mental health care. Facilitated by the Adult Therapist, the weekly group includes an educational component and is oriented to the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of the individual. Group topics vary and address methods of improving functioning in areas such as using emotions effectively, choosing positive relationships, building a healthy self-concept, living authentically, learning to “stress less” and focused relaxation for wellness.
Parent Training Classes:
The Incredible Years program is an evidence-based program which teaches parents how to implement effective parenting skills in order to reduce negative behaviors and reinforce positive behaviors. The group utilizes videos of real parents practicing the techniques discussed in group, discussion and take home practice. It is a ten week program facilitated by the Child and Family Therapist.
Financial difficulties and limited resources associated with homelessness make maintaining good credit very difficult. Residents of HOS participate in Consumer Credit Counseling classes, learning to use credit responsibly and increase their credit score. They also attend financial classes focused on creating a savings plan, reducing expenses, addressing previous debt and creating a budget which are all essential to financial recovery and self-sufficiency.
Life Skill Classes:
Life skills courses are designed to provide additional learning opportunities that pertain to self-sufficiency. The topics vary based on residents’ needs. Previous classes have included: cooking on a budget, being a good renter, child seat safety, conflict resolution, job interviewing skills, resume and cover letter writing, and more.
Navigating the world of social services can at times be difficult and frustrating. HOS staff assist residents and clients with connections to services and, when needed, act as a strong voice on their behalf.