COVID-19 Update: Miryam's House has at this time suspended new move-ins until we can do so safely. Staff is working on a 14-day quarantine protocol to keep the house healthy. New Leaf Kitchen has started making dinners for the women to minimize the number of people in the kitchen and working with the food. This has been very challenging time for our alums and residents. Case Managers have been reaching out using the TextNow app.
Miryam's House provides transitional housing in a community setting for 9 homeless women without children. Includes one-on-one case management, on-site counseling, life-skills education, and continuing support for residents through an Alumnae Program. Women eligible for housing are homeless. To be referred to the program, a woman must complete the Singles Homeless Coordinated Assessment (SHCA) by calling SNAP at (509)456-7627.
The Coordinated Assessment is based on need and prioritizes women fleeing domestic violence and those exiting a substance abuse or psychiatric treatment program. If you are fleeing domestic violence, call the YWCA Domestic Violence 24-Hour Helpline at (509)326-2255. The SHCA may also refer you to other programs. The assessment does not guarantee placement at Miryam’s House. There is a significant wait for housing. There is not a waiting list, prioritization for housing is based on need.
During 2019, 24 women were served, with 4 women obtaining employment, and 12 women obtaining permanent housing while living at Miryam's House. Miryam's House offers a supportive, nurturing environment for women recovering from crises related to homelessness, abuse, addiction and displacement. Housing is offered for one year with a focus on promoting permanent changes through healing, learning, and growth toward self-sufficiency and financial stability.
The philosophy of care at Miryam's emphasizes an empowerment model of personal responsibility for individual growth along with community (residents) and staff support. Miryam's House has 9 individual rooms and an efficiency apartment offering a permanent housing "next step."
The primary components of the residential program at Miryam's House are:
Miryam's House provides ongoing support for residents through an aftercare program referred to as the Alumnae Program. This program is open to women who are unsuccessful in our program, as well as those who depart successfully, to help maintain or achieve stability. In 2019, Miryam's House served 52 active alumnae.
The alumnae program includes:
Many alumnae choose to stay connected and become volunteers and supporters of Transitions.