Homeless families face many challenges
Limited Employment Opportunities
Without a permanent address, phone number, access to internet for online applications, or necessary identifications for employment paperwork, homeless individuals are unable to gain employment.
Poor Health & Nutrition
Health problems, malnutrition, diabetes, and dental diseases are far more prevalent in the homeless population due to lack of basic nutrition, healthcare, and exposure to the elements.
There is an increased risk for victimization as those without housing are more likely to be victims of violent crime; homeless women are particularly at risk for sexual assault while sleeping on the streets.
Homeless children experience hunger, illness, depression, anxiety, and other adverse outcomes, including: disruptions in school attendance, poor school performance, and developmental delays.
We are dedicated to ending homelessness by rebuilding lives and empowering our community's most vulnerable.
Our housing programs are designed to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and nonrecurring in the Lynchburg community. Our programs are solutions-oriented, coupling stable housing with intensive support services to help those experiencing homelessness gain independence.
Since Miriam’s House opened its doors in 1994, nearly 2,500 homeless women and families have been provided with safe housing and supportive services to help them rebuild their lives. Through our services and advocacy, 521 homeless children have been reconnected with the safety and security of a place to call home.
We are fiercely committed to ending homelessness in our community, and to that end, we have increased our service capacity by over 542% since 2008, serving hundreds more of our homeless neighbors each year.
Our Record Since 2012
of our families have maintained or increased income
have exited our programs into safe and stable housing
Every child deserves a home.
In 2017, we were able to provide the safety and stability of a home to 116 children, moving them out of homelessness and back into a home of their own.
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This special evening will kick-off our 25th anniversary, celebrating 2500 lives changed and our ongoing commitment to our most vulnerable neighbors.