Current Update: We're up to 7 participants in our Residency Therapy Program! That means we provide free trauma therapy to 7 women who are transitioning out of homelessness through our Residency Therapy Network. Continue below to learn more!
After years of offering supportive employment, we started to ask ourselves how we could offer some of the same benefits to a greater number of people. Employment allows us to bring people into a work environment that's designed to provide benefits that go beyond the work, but it limits us to only being able to help a very small amount of people.
The Residency Trauma Therapy Program is designed for individuals who have successfully transitioned out of the foremost stage of homelessness (meaning participants have work and housing) that want to take the next steps to build a permanently sustainable lifestyle. We see mindset and mental health as the foundations of sustainable living, especially for those who have experienced significant hardship.
The Residency Therapy Program provides priority-access trauma therapy for women transitioning into permanent housing. Though we've always encouraged therapy for our program members, it has taken up to a year for our staff to gain access to a therapist in the past. Now we can connect program participants with a network of licensed third-party therapists immediately, and for free. Rather than acting as counselors ourselves, we're connecting participants to certified therapists in a uniquely expedient and supportive way.
"Why are therapy and mindset important to me? This is the question. Can I go back six years to when I first started working for Povertees, now Residency? As I write this, April 18, 2022 will be my six-year work anniversary and I can’t believe it’s been that long. For years, I didn’t understand how much I needed therapy and how in a way I was avoiding it. Now, I believe therapy and mindset are important for me because they make me accountable for my well-being and help me deal with the hard feelings of the past. I have Tyler and Hughie to thank for being examples.”
Nikki Moore, Residency Staff Member Since 2016
Our program is so grateful to Residency for facilitating the process of bringing quality mental health services to families in our permanent supportive housing. It is a challenge finding therapists who can provide ongoing, quality treatment through public resources. This barrier is deeply connected to obstacles our clients navigate each day and exacerbates their trauma. In order for us to properly serve some of the most resilient individuals, we need partnerships that remove the bottlenecks that keep them from accessing tools for healing. Residency has thoughtfully identified a solution that strengthens collective pursuits towards a just society and enhances the leaders from historically disenfranchised communities.
-Noreen, Family Team Manager Imagine LA (Housing Partner of the Residency Mindset Therapy Program)
Journeys Counseling is a professional counseling center that has been operating in Southern California for over 25 years. We offer affordable counseling in an effort to not turn anyone away who comes to us in need. In my 10 years of working and growing at Journeys Counseling, I have been able to witness the profound impact that providing a safe space can have for someone to explore and better understand their life story and how to move toward self-acceptance and experience life in a more fulfilling manner.
-Ross Fortier, Director & Clinical Supervisor