Women, old and young, have often found themselves in a vulnerable position at some point in their life; For some women and adolescents, simply being pregnant means a loss of schooling, employment, and housing, at a time when they are most vulnerable and in need of resources for themselves and their infants. For women diagnosed with breast cancer, the inability to work, mounting medical bills and prolonged treatment often leads to homelessness; yet another harsh consequence of their illness, compounding a woman’s fears, hopelessness.
More than shelter, women experiencing homelessness need a comprehensive support system and access to multi-faceted resources to truly break the cycle of homelessness. Aside from the obvious lack of shelter, food, and clothing, these women who are homeless, young or old, physically and emotionally vulnerable are at heightened risk of sexual assault, human trafficking, and violence in its many forms. Homelessness may seem a way to become invisible from the rest of the world, but sadly, these women cannot hide forever, especially from predators.
Our program offers education, empowerment, and the opportunity to truly break the cycle of homelessness. In a respectful, non-stigmatizing environment that supports and nurtures, IAMRENADAY FOUNDATION lifts adolescents, women, and children out of homelessness with everything truly needed to allow them to heal, reclaim their lives, and build the foundation of a safe, healthy and happy future. Utilizing an innovative holistic format based on principles of education and empowerment, IAMRENADAY FOUNDATION is designed to uplift women with support, tools, and resources to truly break the cycle of abuse, violence, and homelessness many have known their entire lives.
Cancer Care Relief Program
Cancer Care Relief Program (all types of cancers women and children are diagnosed with) preventative, financial assistance for medication, treatment, education, and awareness.
With the escalating costs of chemotherapy drugs, cancer treatments are becoming very expensive for patients with cancer, especially for minority populations and those living below the poverty level. Oftentimes, financial distress can potentially force patients with cancer to decline or delay lifesaving treatment. Although there are some Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) across the country that are designed to assist patients with financial responsibility for cost-sharing expenses for cancer treatments, they are often unfamiliar to the patients and providers, funds are depleted rapidly due to widespread coverage areas and are limited by the type of cancer or drugs covered and restricted by the type of healthcare coverage. Unfortunately, the promise of widespread assistance from the PAP’s has not been fulfilled. As a result, our Cancer Care Relief Program was developed to specifically target women, children, minority and low-income residents to help eliminate barriers that contribute to delays in cancer treatment and care and to ensure services are provided to individuals in a timely manner. This includes providing financial assistance for life-saving medications and access to treatment.
However, many women, children, minority and low-income residents are unaware of this service or even how to access these services. Therefore, it is vital that a targeted outreach and educational campaign is undertaken to help increase the awareness amongst those populations suffering from cancer regarding this existing program and service. More importantly, aside from providing financial assistance and access to care, it is vital that this program provides preventative education and awareness amongst these vulnerable populations that have had little exposure due to their present living situations, remote locations within the county or inability to access these services to help remediate the risk factors that contribute to cancer.
The Turn Around Project
Breaking the Chains Re-Entry Program (Coming Soon)
The National Institute of Justice has stated that “in a single decade — 1999 to 2009 — the number of adult women incarcerated in U.S. prisons grew by 25 percent. Adult women now make up about 7 percent of the total inmate population, and they face many challenges upon release from prison. For example, women experience barriers to obtaining housing, greater difficulty in obtaining and sustaining employment, less family support, and more substance abuse than men. Often times, the programming offered to women while incarcerated, are usually modeled after the programs for male prisoners.”
As a group, women are often overlooked with regard to re-entry programming, and studies have shown that adult females reported a significantly higher need for services than men. These studies suggest a disconnect between the services individuals need to facilitate a successful re-entry into their community and the services they receive.
Breaking the chains re-entry program (Halfway House) seeks to help facilitate a successful re-entry program for women back into their community. Our program will offer emotional wellness, resource access for housing, employment, and substance abuse, as well as, mental support. With a strong focus on modifying old ideas, restoring broken relationships and bringing families back together, our programs key outcome is to help women find solutions to problems that prevent them from moving forward. The programs overall goal is to build hope, awareness, accountability, self-efficacy, and self-confidence so that these women can successfully reintegrate back into society as a whole.
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