PRLog - June 2, 2010 - DETROIT -- Hunter House is the brainchild of homeless advocate, author and holistic health champion, Versandra Kennebrew. She is a member of the National Coalition for the Homeless, an elected community service representative for the Community Service Commission of the Detroit Department of Human Services, Spirit of Detroit recipient and she travels around the country speaking to audiences large and small about the issues of homelessness. Hunter House provides safe, supportive and affordable housing for 4-6 young adult ladies age 18 - 20.
Author, Versandra Kennebrew
Kennebrew has developed a life recovery system based on her own homeless experience and recovery. She shares this life changing system with people in transition through group coaching, presentations and her interactive book, journal and audio book (life recovery kit).
When she took a long look at the problem of teen homelessness around her own home in Detroit, MI, she decided that prevention was where her energy was needed most. She hopes Hunter House will become a model that will dramatically reduce the number of homeless teen girls.
Hunter House residents will be mentored by a live-in mentor (college student) who will assist with life skills training and monitoring house rules. Although the referring agencies are responsible for teaching life skills, providing a case worker and placement in school or job training programs for the residents, Hunter House will also offer an entrepreneurship training option.
In addition, residents will be encouraged to maintain their health and well-being through weekly movie nights, a holistic library, group coaching sessions and activities such as walking, yoga and trips to cultural institutions.
Fact - 1 in 3 homeless people are under age 18. Many of those homeless young adults have “aged out” of foster care and did not have a permanent, safe place to live and transition into self-sufficient adults.
Q. Where do the residents come from?
A. Hunter House residents are selected from State of Michigan Foster Care Agencies. Orchards Children Services is one such agency in which Hunter House has a service provider agreement pending.
Q. Who pays the rent?
A. The rent for each beautifully decorated unit is $400, which includes; utilities, 2 healthy meals per day and weekly group coaching sessions. The State of Michigan pays a portion of the rent while the balance is subsidized through donations from caring community members and volunteers.
Q. Why is supportive independent living so essential to homeless prevention?
A. Many young adults age out of foster care and do not have proper skills or income to live on their own. Without safe, supportive, low-cost housing during the transition into self-sufficiency, homelessness often occurs.
Q. How will the residents learn proper life skills?
A. Hunter House residents will have a live-in mentor who will also monitor house rules and communicate infractions with their caseworker. Although the caseworker is ultimately responsible for teaching life skills, Hunter House will offer cultural and self development training on an ongoing basis.
How can I help?
As we prepare for the July opening of Hunter House, we are seeking the assistance of 100 Champions for Homeless Prevention. We would like these special community supporters to share an inspirational message (200 words or less) with our young ladies that will encourage them to move beyond their feelings of abandonment and fear in order to reach their desired goals in life. These messages will be placed in a book entitled, Welcome Home.
Welcome Home will be distributed to each new Hunter House resident and potential donors. This resource guide will remind Hunter House residents that they are supported as they transition into adulthood and will encourage them to dream big. Each of our 100 Champions for Homeless Prevention are asked to commit to a $10 per month contribution to Hunter House for one-year and to volunteer four-hours each quarter to mentor our young ladies.
Your donations will assist Hunter House in purchasing necessary kitchen appliances, furniture, and minor home repairs.
For more information about Hunter House or becoming a Champion for Homeless Prevention, visit www.thankgodfortheshelter.com or call 313-443-2571.
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