Milagro House provides education, housing and support services for women and their children who would otherwise be experiencing homelessness. Our vision is to prepare the women and children who come through our doors with the skills they need to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty and move from dependency to self-sufficiency.
What sets Milagro House apart in our industry is the educational component to the program. Education is the underpinning of everything we do at Milagro House, and is the catalyst for women moving from dependency to independence through meaningful employment at a self-sustaining wage.
Women accepted into our program must be committed to pursuing educational advancement. The staff at Milagro House customizes each woman’s program to meet her specific needs and interests. Milagro House offers two educational options for women in our program:
GED Program: Milagro House provides GED classes conducted by a certified teacher and volunteer tutors at our Milagro House Education Center. Women attend school Monday-Thursday from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. To obtain a GED, each woman must pass five subject-specific standardized tests offered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) HiSet program. Milagro House is a certified by (ETS) as a HiSet testing site and administers the tests to women enrolled in the Milagro House program. We also have partnership agreements with area community benefit organizations to administer HiSet (Spanish version) tests to their clients.
While most of the women enrolled in the GED program live at Milagro House, we also have a limited number of spaces available in the program for non-residential GED candidates. Please contact us for more information.
Post-Secondary Program: Women who enter Milagro House with high school diploma or GED work with staff to develop a post-secondary education plan based on interest and aptitude testing, and post-secondary program/college visits. Much like the women attending the GED program, post-secondary women attend classes during the day at the college or certification program of their choice. Milagro House has partnership programs with programs and colleges in the area, making the transition to post-secondary classes seamless. Many women who come to Milagro House with the short-term goal of completing their high school education through our GED program often decide to stay at Milagro House and continue their education at the post-secondary level.
Residential and Support Services
In order to allow women enrolled in our program to fully focus on their education, Milagro House provides additional supports including:
- Housing for women and their children
- Customized case management
- Individual and Group counseling
- Parenting programs
- Life skills training (e.g. basic financial knowledge, nutrition and conflict management).
- Children’s programs that support healthy early development
By meeting the most basic needs of housing, safety and stability, we allow the women to focus on their own goals while eliminating boundaries and circumstances that often keep women from breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
After Milagro House
Because the Milagro House program is customized to meet the specific needs of each woman we serve, we do not have a predetermined length of stay. When women achieve their education and their personal goals, staff works with them to find a job that pays a sustaining wage. Once employment is established, we help find affordable, safe housing for women and their children. Our case management staff continues to work with women during their first year after leaving our program to ensure that they are supported through the transition. Milagro House “graduates” are always welcome to reach out to us for additional support as needed to ensure their continued success.