HER uses a person centered approach. Each participant is a peer and equal partner in the organization. At HER, staff and peers are on a first name basis, creating an inviting environment of trust, warmth, and community.
We use a trauma informed approach because we know treatment and recovery goes beyond just addressing the physical wound. Healing, no matter the circumstance, is always individualized.
In Fall 2017, we created HER Place, a transitional home that gives young women a safe place to live and get on their feet. In addition to a welcoming home, the emergency shelter bed program helps get young women off the streets and into a safe place as soon as possible.
We provide side-by-side guidance to peers to help them build sustainability through:
While we recognize the need for therapeutic services, we know traditional talk therapy can be triggering. That is why we offer a range of alternative methods including:
By showing peers compassion and respect, and teaching them life skills, HER helps them become self-sufficient and productive members of the community.
HER provides coaching to peers on applying for jobs, filing the FAFSA and self-empowerment. We also teach life skills from an evidence-based curriculum on sexual health, money management, nutrition, staying safe in the community, and home care.
Peers have choices at HER and we want to hear their voices. In time, we will implement a senior peer advisory board. The “Senior Peer Advisory Board” gives peers a platform to share their input on HER culture and ways to make us more effective.
Curious? Find out more about what our peers can expect in a typical day.