Sunflower Family Shelter

Family Shelter

This program is tailored for women, children and families. This is a program that has specialized Case Management, and “built in” Peers Support. Clients in this program are encouraged to stay for 12-18 months.

This program has partnerships with the following: Corvallis School District, Benton County Mental Health, Samaritan Hospital, CSC, CARDV, Old Mill, Jackson Street Youth Shelter and the OSU- Linus Pauling Nutritional Program. Families in this program are able to utilize our day drop in daycare, cook nutritious meals, and participate in: transitional housing classes, art, movies, yoga, and Barbeques.

This is a program that has weekly family meetings, to promote solidarity, goals and develop problem solving skills. The primary focus of this program is to provide structure, stability and build positive supports in the community for children and families to grow with a high importance on self sufficiency and independence. The goal is to be able to gain an income, permanent housing, and be able to utilize positive coping skills.

The main goal of the Sunflower Shelter Program however, is to be able to empower families to connect in the community by linking them to educational opportunities. The emphasis is to take a family that has been disconnected and give them the opportunity to connect by providing them with basic needs and amazing community support.

Clients Receive:
• Food
• Laundry facilities
• Phone, message, and mail services
• Personal hygiene products
• Cleaning supplies
• Support and respect
• Case management to help set goals and create action plans
• Access to counseling, domestic violence services, abuse intervention workshops, alcohol & drug treatment
• Information and referral to other community services
• Help with money management and personal budgeting
• Help with job searches
• Help in getting permanent housing
• Nature-based childcare
• Parenting skills training

Questions & Answers

Who does this program serve?
Families must be homeless; head or household must be at least age 18 or emancipated.  Clients must not be intoxicated, abusive, or violent.

What is shelter like?
The Family Shelter consists of 11 units, with sleeping space for up to six people per unit, and private bathrooms. Connecting doors can be opened between adjoining bedroom units to provide space for larger families.

Cooking and dining areas are community focused. The design allows for each family to prepare meals in their own kitchen area, yet the area is open to other family kitchens, encouraging social interaction.

The family community room provides areas for quieter moments allowing parents and older children to study, read, socialize, or just find some peace. The children’s playroom is adjacent to the family community room, and is fully visible through a glass wall separating the two.