Village of Hope's Steps to Success Transitional Living Program is the only up to two-year program of its kind on the Lower Eastern Shore. We accept women ages 18-62 who are either single or have three or fewer dependent children age 14 and under. Any woman who is homeless or at risk for homelessness can be referred to our program by an agency such as the Department of Social Services, emergency shelters, or another local agency. Candidates for our program are women highly motivated to make a positive change in their life. If you work for a community agency and are looking to refer one of your clients, please contact VOH staff at 410-860-5981 for our referral information.
If accepted to the program, participants work closely with our Case Managers and other program staff who give them the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient and improve their situation. Participants reside in a fully-furnished apartment in the VOH Residential Building that offers privacy, serenity and security.
The program includes a Five Step Pathway that helps participants address common roadblocks on their journey to self sufficiency; these include mental and physical health, employment, financial stability, legal issues, and a need for stable, independent housing. Participants have access to life-skills education workshops and community resources related to mental health counseling, job skills training, and education.
Feedback from Former Program Participants
“The program provided empowerment and ‘you can do it!’ support...I am most appreciative of the security and housing for [myself] and [my] two children.”
“The Steps to Success program helped me focus more on myself and my goals in life."
“Village of Hope has helped to prepare me for the next step in my journey. I have had to face many fears and self-made obstacles. I’ve had to come out of my denial, and I am grateful for that.”
“Case management goal-setting helped me move forward.”
“The program has given me a new life again. It has given me love, hope, support, and courage to pick up the pieces and move on.”
A Sense of Community is what makes Village of Hope special
Participants also have access to a Community Room with cable television to visit with family members and friends. Often, the families host a movie night or holiday gathering in this shared space. Participants have access to washers and dryers, an outdoor deck and a playroom stocked with books and toys for the children. Participants maintain their individual apartments and also share community chores to keep the common areas of the Residential Building clean for all to enjoy.