The Weingart Center uses case managers to identify the needs of hopeless individuals and coordinate services matched to these needs. We use a strengths-based case management approach, which helps clients identify what inherent skills they have available, and how to use services to develop their skills and strengths into stability and self-sufficiency. Case management includes:
Outreach is how we inform people in the community of the services available. Our AmeriCorps project, Hope for the Homeless, works in partnership with other area organizations to conduct street outreach and ensure clients are referred to organizations that are most closely matched to their needs.
Individualized Service Plan the ISP is a document created by the client and the case manager cooperatively. It identifies the client’s particular goals, and the path to achieving those goals. Some goals are common to nearly every ISP, such as permanent housing, while some are very specific to the client, such as obtaining necessary certification to be an underwater salvage operator. Once created, the Case Manager refers back to the ISP regularly, recording what goals and milestones have been achieved, and discussing new goals with the client as they progress.
Benefits Enrollment: Most of our new clients are eligible for public benefits that they are not receiving. Whether it’s a matter of collecting General Relief and saving up some cash until they can get a job, or assembling the documentation needed to prove a permanent disability for SSI/SSDI or Veteran benefits, Case Managers work with Benefits Advocates to help clients identify their eligibility and secure the help they need.
Savings Plan: While Weingart Center provides all services at no charge, we require residential clients to put aside 75% of any income they earn while residing here, whether from employment or benefits. When they exit the program, they often have a sizable nest egg to help pay security deposits, get furniture, or tide them over during emergencies.
Financial Literacy: Seminars, including a free credit check, are provided on site through partnership with Operation Hope.