About Homeward Bound
Founded in 1990, Homeward Bound has been assisting families with children fleeing domestic violence and homelessness as they journey toward self-reliance. Beginning with one family and one home, Homeward Bound now owns and operates 154 housing units, which today serve over 539 individuals, 362 of which are children. By providing a comprehensive social services program, which includes development assessment and tailored programming for children and life skills classes for adults, the agency assists the children and their families as they begin to break the cycles of poverty, homelessness and domestic violence. Homeward Bound is not a short-term crisis center, it is a stepping stone program to independence.
Homeward Bound provides families with a "A Hand Up, Not A Handout." Each family participating in the program must contribute 30% of their adjusted gross income for housing, utilities and support services. The comprehensive services provided to families include: individualized case management, counseling services for children and adults, child care, dental care, emergency household, food and clothing pantries, life skills programming such as budgeting, time management, self-esteem classes and much more. Homeward Bound also provides employment services including skill assessment, job placement, interviewing techniques, resume writing and GED classes.
To be eligible for the program, a family must be homeless, fleeing a domestic violence situation and/or earning less than 50% of the area median income ($32,200 for a family of four). They must be employed or seeking employment, have children under the age of 18, free of drug and alcohol abuse and motivated to change patterns of behavior.
For those families completing our program, there is a 95% self-reliance success rate!
For more information about Homeward Bound or to schedule a tour of Thunderbird Family Village, visit www.homewardboundaz.org or contact: