Women's Campus Program (WCP)

 

The Elyria YWCA operates the Women’s Campus Project (WCP), the first residential project for homeless women in Lorain County. The project provides transitional housing in several homes owned by the YWCA.

 

Transitional housing is the bridge from homelessness to permanence. The building blocks of this bridge are supportive services, goal setting and time to carry out those goals. The journey to cross this bridge begins when a woman is ready to make a commitment to change her life.

 

The Women’s Campus Project (WCP) is an opportunity for homeless women to enter into a process of self discovery and growth that will enable them to become self-sufficient, productive citizens. The program goes beyond providing basic needs. It addresses the personal issues that have caused each woman to be without a home. With help from staff and up to two years in the residence, each participant has the opportunity for change.

 

A variety of activities, programs, speakers and workshops are offered to help participants learn to overcome barriers, build self-esteem and deal with their personal issues. Some of the topics that will be addressed are parenting skills, budgeting, education, job readiness, food preparation, self defense and abuse.

 

Eligibility requirements for this program are:

 

  • Between 18 and 60 years of age
  • Referred through organizations and agencies such as:
  • Other shelters, agencies and religious organizations
  • Motivated to make positive changes
  • Physically and emotionally able and willing to participate in education, job training and employment
  • Able to function independently
  • Not actively abusing drugs/alcohol

     

    Participants in the project will demonstrate a strong commitment to make changes in their lives and seek professional help for serious personal problems. Participants must also be responsible about following a goal plan and devote a minimum of 40 hours a week toward attending school, actively seeking employment or community service, and must be evaluated regularly by staff.