The Brisben Center’s theory of change envisions a bridge that helps people move from homelessness and its causes to healthy housing sustained by a livable wage income. Its five pillars and six arches create a solid foundation and supportive structure that make measurable success possible. Clients, the Center, and the community all have essential roles.
◆Capability: What is the client capable of?
◆Motivation: Does the client aspire to participate in shaping their future?
◆Accountability: Is the client working on a results- based plan to achieve their potential?
◆Effective Services: Are the Brisben Center and community providing the right mixture of supports to help homeless adults and children move from dependence to independence?
◆Apply Resources Effectively: Is our investment of resources resulting in wellbeing among our clients and our community?
◆Clients work with a case manager and Mobility Mentoring® volunteer coach to set and achieve S.M.A.R.T. goals, starting with:
◆Sobriety; improved mental & physical health.
◆Healthy parenting—ending the cycle of generational homelessness.
◆Learning and applying skills to secure and sustain livable wage income.
◆Financial literacy: saving and investing resources wisely to afford and sustain a decent and affordable home.
◆Mutual care and well-being of home and community.
1.Shelter in a safe, modern, energy-efficient facility.
2.Nutritious meals prepared by hundreds of faith communities, businesses, civic organizations, and others.
3.Accountability-based case management.
4.Relationship-building, results-based Mobility Mentoring® coaching beginning in shelter and lasting for 12+ months after departing shelter.
5.Health screening by Germanna Community College nursing program.
6.Sesame Street programming for children.
7.Employment coaching by Brisben’s Job Help volunteers.
8.Department of Social Services screening for essential services.
9.Access to healthcare at the Lloyd Moss Free Clinic and other providers.
10.Homework Buddies: tutoring by Public School teachers.
11.Behavioral healthcare with the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board and other providers.
12.State-of-the-art virtual technology linking clients to an array of hand-up supports.
13.Additional rich and impactful programmatic partnerships