Cedars HOPE is more than a place to live,
it is a caring, supportive community for women;
a place to be taken care of, a chance to thrive, and to enjoy friendships.
It’s about more than just quality of treatment, it’s about quality of life.
About the Cedar’s HOPE program
Why is there a need for Cedar’s HOPE?
People with mental illness represent half of all homeless in all cities in the United States. They typically tend to cycle from shelter to shelter for many years. The largest demographic of this group consists of middle aged, mentally ill women. We recognized this population as being critically under-served by existing agencies.
What Cedars HOPE Does
Cedars HOPE, Inc. offers the only permanent, supportive, supervised group living accommodations for women with serious mental illness in our region. Our services are designed to assist residents with managing their symptoms while increasing their self-sufficiency and life-skills. We also encourage community involvement through employment, volunteerism, education, and recreational activities.
What supportive services do we provide?
- Health and medication monitoring
- Life-skills training
- Case management
- Community integration with learning activities
Benefit to Surrounding Community
By providing permanent living arrangements for our residents, Cedars HOPE helps to reduce the social and financial burden of homelessness on our community. We break the cycle of homelessness by providing safe, affordable, supportive, and permanent housing and services.
Psychiatric emergencies within Cedars are virtually eliminated. This also helps to reduce the cost of crisis intervention services, including those provided by the Fort Wayne Police Department. Cedars HOPE operates at a fraction of the cost of traditional group homes, temporary shelters, hospitals, or other institutions.
In addition to cost-savings, Cedars HOPE residents are active members of their community, thus increasing the visibility of the disabled and improving their integration into and the diversity of Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties. Most of our residents volunteer at least three days a week as a means of giving back to the community that so generously supports their program.
About Cedars HOPE
Cedars HOPE, Inc. offers ground-breaking programs that are the only ones of their kind to the Fort Wayne area. We offer homeless women with mental illness the safety and security of a permanent place to call home. This is crucial to the recovery of their independence and emotional stability.Our program has been proven to break the connection between mental illness and homelessness. Residents are able to make tremendous strides towards greater independence and recovery.
Currently, Cedars HOPE, Inc. operates Cedars I and II homes with capacity to serve 16 mentally ill women. We have recently expanded our program now to include independent living in scattered sites called Supportive Services Plus.