WAKING THE VILLAGE wrote -
Tubman House is no 30 day shelter. We are in for the long haul. Our clients do not manage crisis- they conquer it.
Tubman House offers 18 months of housing and support so that Sacramento's homeless, parenting or pregnant youth and their children can get busy living rather than surviving. Through Tubman House, young parents (18 to 21 years old) experience healthy living, relentless support, and educational guidance so that they leave prepared to be leaders in their own lives, and leaders in the lives of their children and communities. In exchange for housing, child care, and wrap around support, Tubman residents grow as leaders as they govern Tubman and pursue goals to uplift their futures and their communities.
In Tubman tradition, each graduate poses in her new apartment, keys held high and smile wide, on the day she moves from Tubman. She will leave with much more than an apartment key. She will leave with the knowledge that she has the intelligence and gumption to claim a home, a career, and a future of meaning.
In 2012, 75% of clients attended college. 80% committed to counseling. 50% secured a job. 68% saved over $1500. 60% of residents arriving without diplomas earned one. All actively parented, built a network of support, cleared debts and exited into sustainable apartments. Since opening our doors in 2002, over 90% of our clients have never experienced homelessness again. All Tubman's children attend a free, on site child development program.
Our residents put it best:
"Tubman helped me see my potential as a woman, and a person. I was a person who deserved a healthy fresh start in life. Finally, I made my final break from an abusive relationship. I started on the road to an actual new journey."
"I got to know and love my child for exactly the person she was. My child got to bond with everyone in the community. Tubman is our own tribe with each person in the community helping take care of each other and our children."
"I received so much support and love here- more than I ever expected. I've also been through a lot here at Tubman as I face both the good and the bad of my life so far. Tubman has always been there for me, reminding me to be a better person, not just for my family but for myself as well. I’ve learned so much about parenting and communicating. But the one thing I've learned the most is to try new things and to live life to the fullest."
In monitoring visits, reviewers from foundations and federal agencies wrote:
“Tubman embraces a youth development philosophy committed to involving youth in activities that improve local conditions, provides them with skills, and gives a chance to feel useful within their community. They strive to create an environment in which youth are valued. The staff does a great job of providing a positive and supportive living environment; there is obvious mutual respect and sincere concern demonstrated by staff members and residents.”
“Coaching encourages the development of a strong bond between staff and residents. A former resident visited and it was clear that a strong, lasting relationship had developed. Youth demonstrated a high regard for staff. That relationship is highly valued and cared for. The staff is extremely committed, passionate and dedicated.”
At Tubman, our residents chase dreams. It’s a giddy and terrifying business- as all dream chasing is. Inherent in the quest are moments of crushing doubt. This is why Tubman is a community. In these moments of fear, each of us needs to be surrounded by people looking at us with absolute confidence in our ability to succeed. We need people to insist on our possibilities. At Tubman, we ensure each resident is immersed in the supportive community she or he needs to claim a new day.
Our wait list continues to grow with young mothers and fathers and children waiting for their turn to join Tubman, and try their wings.
We are grateful to our donors for making sure we are here to serve each one.
On a final note, last year, Tubman survived the sudden loss of 60% of our funding after cuts in federal funds. Over 400 new donors and 25 community foundations and groups stepped forward to ensure our survival. Over the last twelve months, we strengthened our long term outlook by reducing dependency on a few funding sources, securing funds from new foundations, and expanding our network of local donors. We also raised over $60,000 through our fundraising festival and through Art Beast, our cottage industry whose profits sustain Tubman House and employ our clients.
This year, we write from a place of stability rather than crisis. We are not fighting for a few more days. We are working to shore up the support to continue and grow our high impact program in 2014.
We thank you for considering support for our families.