COVID-19 Update: House residents have resumed making meals for the house during the weekdays, and eating is done in shifts rather than all together for the sake of social distancing. The Spokane Regional Health District helped the team design a new intake process so that we could continue to move women in without them being in quarantine for two weeks at move-in. So, now the house is full and continually working through the challenges of living in community during COVID.
Miryam's House provides transitional housing in a community setting for 9 homeless women without children. Includes wrap-around supportive services, one-on-one case management, 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 2020, 22 women were served, with 5 women obtaining employment, and 4 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 2020, Miryam's House served 28 active alumnae.
The alumnae program includes:
Many alumnae choose to stay connected and become volunteers and supporters of Transitions.