Providing women and their children with secure housing and stabilizing resources, Waypoint's Madge Phillips Center Shelter (MPC) helps those in crisis rebuild their lives. Since opening in 1995, MPC has served as a vital community resource, providing emergency overnight shelter for homeless women and their children.
In fiscal year 2016, MPC sheltered 263 individuals. Those staying at MPC are strengthened and empowered through basic needs, information, strategic referrals, one-on-one support, and skill development. Free drop-in child care is also provided at designated times to allow individuals to attend appointments with advocates, seek employment, and fulfill other obligations. While living at MPC for up to 30 days, women are blanketed in a safe, supportive, and structured environment to help them achieve their goals.
The Madge Phillips Center Shelter contains:
While residing at the Madge Phillips Center Shelter, women receive access to proactive services and resources to help them attain stability. Specifically, case management, children's activities and support, and safe shelter for domestic violence are vital components of the Madge Phillips Center Shelter.
Helping individuals overcome barriers to housing hinges on the guidance and information provided by case management services. Case managers provide homeless women with tailored support designed to help them overcome housing obstacles. By identifying each woman's household needs, case managers create a service plan with goals and objectives to increase outcome achievement.
Children's activities and support
On-site children’s activities provide positive interactions and planned activities during their stay. Shelter staff provide parent support; arrangements for transportation to school; and advocacy for children at school or with other community resources. Women in shelter have access to free drop-in child care services Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Emergency, safe shelter for those experiencing domestic violence
For individuals experiencing domestic violence, Waypoint provides emergency shelter in a safe, confidential place. Victims have access to Waypoint's Domestic Violence Victim Services Program, allowing them to work with an advocate on overcoming the effects of domestic violence.