“Before I began the Passages Program at the YWCA, my life was out of control and I’d hit rock bottom. After entering the program, I now feel safe and I have found a job and I am working. The program has helped me to be independent by encouraging me to take an active role in my life.”
— Former Passages Resident
Passages is a three-phase, 18 month program for homeless women. With a strong emphasis on counseling and career development, the program is designed to provide single homeless women with the tools necessary to obtain employment and stable housing.
Case management is a critical component of the YWCA strategy to assist women who are overcoming homelessness. Our Case Managers assess the needs of each client and arrange, coordinate, monitor and evaluate a package of multiple services designed to achieve the goals of the client.
Intensive group therapy sessions, conducted by Masters level interns, are provided to all of the residents of Passages. These counseling sessions cover self-esteem/assertiveness training, boundary setting, conflict resolution, the cycle of domestic violence (where pertinent) and techniques to manage anger and stress. Individual counseling, as needed, is also provided.
The YWCA’s legal team provides comprehensive legal services, including, but not limited to, assistance with temporary restraining orders, legal separation/divorce actions, child custody/support, immigration matters, employment and housing issues for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault to Passages clients and under-served women in the community through our highly successful mobile legal clinics.
Building economic security for survivors of homelessness is a top priority of the Passages program. Staffed by an Employment Development Manager and a Career Counselor, the YWCA Career Center provides resume writing assistance and job search activities through internet-based employment sites and works with employers to create internship opportunities so that clients can gain experience and hands-on skills.
The Passages program helps survivors of homelessness gain the financial knowledge, skills and resources that they need to get safe, stay safe and thrive.
What Makes this Program Unique?
The women in Passages are able to remain in the program for a total of 18 months.
This three phase, 18 month program provides a total of 62 beds to help women who are homeless become economically self-sufficient and obtain stable housing.
The Passages program is the only comprehensive program in San Diego County for single homeless women that includes counseling services and transportation assistance.
Nearly 200 women are served each year.