Educational services are available to Open House Ministries’ residents and to their children. At Open House Ministries, we are fortunate to have community partners who make this program possible.
Statistics show that, on average, children lose 3-6 months of education each time they are uprooted and transferred to a new school district. The Vancouver School District, a long standing collaborative partner of Open House Ministries provides the HOPE after school education program on site at the shelter. The District provides transportation to and from school, tutoring for school age children in the shelter and help with homework. Children in the program receive the assistance they need to catch up and stay current with their peers while parents learn essential parenting skills to support their children in their schooling.
A core component of every adult resident’s Case Management Action Plan is education. Throughout the week residents are required to attend classes, based on their unique family situation and needs to prepare them for self-sufficiency. Programs may include but are not limited to:
- GED preparation courses through a cooperative program with Clark College
- GED tutoring
- Financial management classes
- Life skills classes
- Relationship management classes
- Work skills education