BRIDGING THE GAP
Life Skills Classes:
HWF provides a series of life skills classes to persons on topics that are inclusive of everyday living skills that are needed for an individual to be successful and independent. Individuals learn topics like personal hygiene, how to do laundry, cleaning, making a bed, folding laundry, ironing/steaming, doing dishes, personal health and routine checkups, coping with crisis, planning and reaching goals, organization, setting appointments and a routine schedule, communicating with others, social activities, and advancing in work or school. Group discussions are also held in topics like family issues, addiction problems, society concerns (where do I fit in and how do I become a part of). We also teach emergency procedures in this class with local resources in the community that individuals can utilize in their community.
HWF Financial Literacy Classes help clients learn how to write checks, learn budgeting and money management, balance a checkbook, learn of savings plans, crisis management and resource referrals in the community. The financial literacy team also helps to focus on benefits and programs for SSI, SSDI individuals like the ABLE Accounts, Trusts and benefits analysis. The team can help connect individuals with resources to help them after a benefits analysis is completed, should they choose this option. Learning about credit and how credit works and what does it mean to your life. Bill payment is another aspect discussed in this training, setting up services, contracts, paying bills and staying in budget as well as priority setting for budgets for success.
HWF utilizes and trains the curricula from Money Smart Financial Education Program from the FDIC financial literacy programs. HWF offers Money Smart for Adults, Money Smart for Young People, Money Smart for Older Adults, and Money Smart for Small Businesses. HWF is also a member of the FDIC Money Smart Alliance with the FDIC.
HWF provides clients the opportunity to create a personal fitness and nutrition plan that can provide health, balance and proper nutrition. The program focuses on these things through exercise, diet, stress reducing techniques and discussing sleep patterns. The program is designed to work with individuals but also provides group opportunities for yoga, workouts, walking, Zumba and other fitness related activities and techniques.
Nutrition & Culinary Classes:
HWF’s nutrition team helps to look at balanced meals, shopping on a budget, creating recipes that are healthy and easy, weekly menu planning, teaching how to make those recipes, water and fluid intake and focusing on nutritional health. Part of the nutrition program are Culinary Classes. The classes are offered to help teach and refine cooking skills in a group setting that allows everyone to try new recipes. The meals that are prepared in these classes help individuals to learn lessons in instruction and order, but also how to become a successful cook in their homes.
Resume Writing & Interview Skills:
Outside of HWF’s Employment Services or Ticket to Work Program, if individuals do not qualify for services, or waiting for services to start HWF will help individuals with resume writing and interview skills. Part of the circle of services is employment and if an individual is working in another program with HWF, we will help with the referral to Vocational Rehabilitation services or check on the status of a ticket for Ticket to Work. In the time that this is done, HWF will assist those individuals with learning what is needed for a resume and how to collect their past work history, contact information, supervisor information and references. HWF’s employment team will help to develop a resume and once that is completed will help with mock interviews to build communication skills and how to be successful with interviews.
HWF’s SOS Bank:
HWF has an SOS Bank that helps with clothing for individuals for interviewing, every day living and emergencies. The SOS Bank is run through donations that are accepted of gently used clothing for interviews like suits, dresses, business casual clothing, dress pants/slacks and skirts, and shirts/blouses and shoes. The SOS Bank accepts non-perishable and perishable donated items that are used for emergency needs for those in services. Donations of food and personal hygiene products are kept in the bank and can be requested. The bank is open to individuals who are in services with HWF and in emergency situations. The bank is to help with clothing for interviews, general daily living and hygiene products as well as food to assist in tight situations. Our HWF team members help the individuals pick out successful interview outfits from the bank to help them secure competitive community employment and clothing for their new position. The SOS Bank is donation driven and a special thank you for any donations that are given, it is the way that the HWF SOS Bank can assist those being served!
Recreation & Socialization:
HWF offers an active social life, which we feel is an important component of self-sufficiency as well. HWF offers recreational and socializing activities in the communities where our housing and other programs offered. Inclusion is important to self-esteem, removing depression and making bonds in the community that you live in. HWF’s team helps to plan weekly and monthly events to help build social skills, develop communication skills, grow lasting friendships, focus on body language/eye contact for conversations and reciprocal conversations and build self-confidence. The team helps to schedule on-site and off-site recreational and social events to increase open mindedness, value of interests, diversity of communities and learning new and old opportunities. Items like a movie, bowling, pot-luck, sporting events and more are just a few examples of some of the recreational and socialization activities planned by the HWF team.
HWF’s Healthy Relationships team focuses on attitudes and values on healthy relationships and their development. The team helps to explore communication, learning differences in a relationship, expressing feelings or thoughts, sexuality education, safe dating and what is abuse in a group setting with open discussions. Looking at social inference, intent listening practices and observations and perspective practices help to develop healthy relationship skills in these trainings.
Music Therapy is an evidence-based program in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. HWF’s certified music therapist will meet, assess and help create a service plan with goals and outcomes for each individual client. Through musical involvement, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music Therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
HWF’s recreational therapists utilize a wide range of activity and community-based interventions and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of their clients. Recreational therapists assist clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community involvement. The therapist works with the client and their family to incorporate specific interests and community resources into therapy to achieve optimal outcomes that transfer to their real-life situation.
Occupational therapy helps people across their lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). HWF’s occupational therapists assess individuals and help to create a goal, plan, methodology and outcomes for services which enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
HWF’s Art Therapy provides individuals opportunities for individual self-expression, both verbal and non-verbal. Art therapy group sessions allow the individuals to learn about and tryout various art mediums and engage in conversation focused on making art and making connections with others. Art Therapy teaches many things like frustration tolerance, planning, organization, timelines, limitations and possibilities of imagination and artistic expression. Communication skills are also enhanced through art therapy.