Families Needing Mentors

Are you or do you have a family you might want to refer? Please use the information on this page to help answer your questions. If you don't find what you need, please email us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Client Screening Criteria

  • DHS involved in the last 12 months
  • Homeless, unstable housing, or newly housed within the last 12 months
  • Case management by another agency ended within the last 12 months
  • Job loss within the last 12 months
  • Minor children in the home
  • If on TANF, client must be actively participating in the jobs program looking for jobs
  • Client currently receives food stamps, OHP, or employment related daycare assistance
  • Client is the sole provider in a single parent household
  • Actively participating in a drug/alcohol program
  • Previously incarceration/ involved with parole or probation
  • Mentally and emotionally capable of setting and understanding long term and short term goal setting

AFFEC Family Preservation program staff has the highest ethical standards and are professionally trained. As part of your services we will explain your rights and our responsibilities in providing you with our high quality care. We will keep your family’s services confidential and private in keeping with state and federal statutes. And we will work with you to design your service plans so that your mental health needs are served in the way that you want to receive them. We welcome your questions and the opportunity to speak with you.

Families have experienced homelessness, have been in a shelter or temporary housing and are in the process of moving into their own housing. Their case workers from the shelters have referred them to AFFEC as vulnerable to repeat homelessness and open to our mentorship model. AFFEC then screens and trains each family to make sure they are appropriate, safe, communicative, eager and ready to be matched with a mentor team.

Through our Family Preservation Program we focus on assisting families in six core ways:

  • Financial Stability & Education
  • Upward mobility / Goal setting
  • Emotional Support
  • Housing Stability
  • Parenting Skills
  • Educational Support

AFFEC Parent Mentors work together with families to educate and support them in the following areas:

  • Essential parenting skills
  • Supervision
  • Hygiene issues
  • Non-physical means of discipline
  • Appropriate housing
  • Development of a budget
  • Advocacy and referral