Harvest Home offers a nurturing, structured program aimed at helping each woman make changes in her life in order to regain independence and provide well for her child. Our program includes the following components:
Weekly Case Management Sessions
Each resident works with a case manager to identify her short-term and long-term goals, and sets plans and action steps for achieving these goals. Each week, the case manager meets with the resident to discuss progress and to help overcome any challenges or setbacks.
Weekly Therapy Sessions
Each resident attends therapy on a weekly basis. Often, the women we serve have histories of abandonment, parents with drug or alcohol addictions, being raised in the foster care system or in chaotic environments where they experienced neglect and/or violent and abusive relationships. Each woman works with a licensed therapist to help identify areas of healing and work towards freedom from unhealthy or addictive patterns. Through these individual therapy sessions, she works through past points of trauma and toward mental and emotional health.
In Home Classes
Throughout the year we have volunteer experts and professionals come in and teach courses or provide one-on-one coaching to our women in areas of child birth, infant care, parenting, financial management, budgeting, resume building, interviewing for jobs, physical health, and nutrition. Residents attend 2-3 classes per week. Residents also have access to Harvest Home’s library of DVDs and books on these topics.
Weekly Productivity Goals
Each resident is required to complete 20 hours a week of productivity (work, schooling, or volunteering). Harvest Home partners with a number of community and government services to help each woman achieve her educational and vocational goals; including, Venice Skills Center, Chrysalis, Santa Monica City College and other community colleges, EDD’s Work Source program, and CalWORKs GAIN program.
Structured productivity time has two purposes: 1) to help each woman make forward progress toward her educational and vocational goals, and 2) to introduce each woman to the realities of being a single mother (working and taking care of her child) within a supported environment.
Daily Chores and Dinner
Harvest Home residents live together in a caring and structured environment. Each mother has her own room for herself and her baby, but lives communally in the home with 7 other residents and their babies, along with two live-in staff. The residents participate in a daily chore rotation and and a weekly cooking rotation, sharing dinner together every evening.
Through daily chores, a cooking rotation, and setting a weekly schedule for themselves and their babies, each woman learns how to manage a home, how to balance work and care of her child, and how to make proactive and responsible decisions for herself and her family.
Weekly Bible Study
As a Christian organization, Harvest Home holds weekly bible studies for our residents. While Harvest Home does not require adherence to any faith or creed to be accepted into the program, we run our program based on the following biblical values: faith & hope, love, responsibility, diligence, gratitude, growth, harmony, service, communication, integrity, and respect. Bible studies are a time where residents can come as they are and are met in whatever stage of their spiritual journey. Our current bible study is led by a group from Risen Church.
Through these structures, our goal is to prepare each woman for the realities of single motherhood within a supported environment. Our hope is to facilitate growth in the following five areas:
- Care for Her Child
- Financial Independence
- Emotional and Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Spiritual Wholeness