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INTRODUCTION Women currently comprise 25% of all individuals who are homeless in the nation (Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, 2012). According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH; 2012), there were 636,017 people who were homeless in the United States in 2011. It has been estimated that 37% of all individuals who are homeless and are living in shelters are women (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development [HUD], 2010 This population of women is particularly vulnerable, and is more likely to be victims of sexual assault (Henny, Kidder, Stall, & Wolitski, 2007; Wenzel et al., 2006). Depending on the region of the country, between 20 and 60% of women report that violence is the cause of their homelessness (Jasinski, Wesley, Mustaine, & Wright, 2005; U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2010). In her survey on criminal violence in the United States, Truman (2010) found that there were approximately 188,380 rapes and sexual assaults in 2010. THE MAJOR GOALS OF THIS PROGRAM: Establish a safe environment for women who are homeless survivors in which they will be screened for trauma; Women will be provided with trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and group counseling in a format adapted to meet their special needs; The program will also include case management services in order to empower the women to begin their process of healing.
REVELENCE TO SOCIAL WORK One of the values of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW; 2006) is respect for the dignity and worth of a person. When looking at the high rates of homelessness and victimization in women, it is critical to the social work profession that adequate services exist to reach women who are disenfranchised and have been victimized. Social work’s participation in prevention and intervention efforts to address all forms of violence against women, especially for those who are homeless individuals, is crucial (NASW, 2006). The dignity and worth of these women have been stolen from them. Social welfare policies that have been created to help women as well as many service agencies in general, have enforced gender norms of behavior on women, which in turn has re-victimized women (NASW, 2006). Therefore, the social work relevance to this project is to identify women who are homeless and have been victimized, and utilize an empathetic, effective strategy in working with this population (NASW, 2006).
MULTI-CULTURAL RELEVANCE Women who are survivors of trauma and who come from culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly vulnerable and have a high rate of victimization. Sexual assault affects all ethnic and diverse populations. The National Institute of Justice (2006) states that, over 11% of Hispanic, over 18% of African-American, over 34% of American Indian/Alaska Native, over 24% of mixed race, and over 6% of Asian/Pacific Islander women have been raped in their lifetimes. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence report of 2009 revealed that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rape rose 48% in the year 2008 from the previous year. For these reasons, cultural competency is essential. Cultural competency is vital to program development and direct practice to achieve effective, positive outcomes of interventions that are being applied. Social workers should be aware of and understand the cultural differences of the populations they serve.
Methodology The target population identified by this grant is women who are homeless in the City of Long Beach that have experienced some form of victimization. They will be individuals that have been or will be accessing services from a homeless agency, hospital emergency room, local police department, homeless shelters, as well as those who have been living on the street, or along the Los Angeles riverbed. The funding source for the Drop-In Safety Group for Traumatized Homeless Women was found using varied methods. The World Wide Web was used to search and access databases for funding. Various federal government agencies were searched, such as, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the U.S. Department of Justice; the National Criminal Justice Reference; the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women; and Grants.gov. Grant funding opportunities with the state of California, the county of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Housing Services for the Homeless (LAHSA), Center for Non-Profit Management in Southern California, and the Non- Profit Resource Library Center for Healthy Communities in Los Angeles were also explored. Grants within the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership were all explored. Women’s organizations, such as the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women and the Avon Foundation for Women were also searched. Multiple key phrases were used in Internet and database search engines, such as “victimization of women,” “female survivors of sexual assault,” and “women who are homeless and victimized.” The Carrie Estelle Dohney Foundation (2012) was identified through the Foundation Library database as the fifth potential funder. More in-depth information was gathered on the foundation’s website. The Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation is an independent organization founded in California in 1949 by Ms. Doheny to carry on her charitable life’s work. The foundation primarily funds nonprofit organizations in the county of Los Angeles, and is interested in the advancement of education; medicine; science; the improvement of the health and welfare of children, adults, families, and the aged; the help and care of the sick and incapacitated; and the aid of those in need. Funding that is given in the area of health and welfare includes adults, family services, housing and shelter, the homeless, health educational programs and programs, for the disabled. Program development is also an area of interest for funding. In 2010 grants between $3,000 and $1 million were awarded in the area of aid to those in need, and in health and welfare. The average funding was approximately $75,000. The Carrie Estelle Doheny foundation does not set a monetary limit on requests made for funding for the homeless and for the calendar year of 2011 gave special funding consideration to those grant proposals intended to help the homeless population. Grant applications are reviewed on a month-to-month basis and there are no deadlines for the submission of grant applications. Also, there are no requirements for a letter of intent prior to the submission of a grant proposal. Therefore, the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation was chosen as the potential funder for this proposed grant.
METHODOLOGY- Drop-In Safety Group for Homeless Traumatized Women Personnel Expenses In-Kind Total Program Director-- MSW (FTE)55,000 55,000 Benefits @ 25%13,750 13,750 2 Group Facilitators-- BSW (PTE)39,000 39,000 25hrs @ $15h/r Out Reach Worker-- BSW (FTE)19,500 19,500 2 Peer Interns—(Stypend) 9,600 9,600 Total Personnel 136,850 136,850 Direct Program Expenses Rent 17,280 17,280 Office Supplies (pens, paper, etc.) 900 900 Telephone 2,600 2,600 Equipment (computers) 1,800 1,800 Mileage 2,775 2,775 Care Packages 1,000 1,000 1,000 Training/Program Curriculum 600 600 Total Direct Program Costs 8,675 18,280 26,955 Total Direct and Personnel Costs 145,525 163,805 Indirect Program Expenses Administration (human resources,13,593 1,828 15,421 utilities, etc.) @ 10% Total Indirect Costs13,593 13,593 Total In-kind Support 20,108 Total Program Cost 159,118 20,108 179,226
GRANT PROPOSAL A Drop-In Safety Group for Traumatized Homeless Women program will serve the Long Beach, California community engaging women who are homeless and sheltered and have experienced victimization. The program will be composed of elements derived from Trauma Safety Drop-In Group: A Clinical Model of Group Treatment for Survivors of Trauma (Gilchrist & Rainbow, 1998). The Gilchrist and Rainbow program is comprised of an open-ended group format with 12 topics for groups. It covers the early stages of recovery, and also addresses women who are in later stages of the healing process. Despite the lack of empirical research, the review of the existing literature has revealed the need for the implementation of a curriculum of this type for the targeted population. An asset of Gilchrist and Rainbow’s (1998) program is that the program was developed so women can attend at their own pace without adherence to a continuous structured format. This was a crucial point, since the targeted population has varied barriers to stability. Gilchrist and Rainbow’s program was initially found in the Models of Developing Trauma- Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services report (Jennings, 2008) through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The proposed program will be located in Tom Redgate Memorial Recovery Center (TRMRC) in a room provided by the center. The program will also collaborate with TRMRC to include the clients of their center, and, as a result, will increase services for those staying in the recovery center. In conversation with the director of the TRMRC, it was discussed that the program would be valuable to their clients as there is no current trauma intervention in place for the clients of the center. The program will not only benefit the unsheltered women of the community, but also the women of the center. Due to the instability of women who are homeless and the uncertainty of beginning trauma-specific treatment, the program will be designed as an open-ended group. Due to the sensitivity of the topic, women may not be ready to make the commitment that is required of continued attendance in a structured conventional therapy group. The program will be structured so that women can join at any point and continue at the pace at which they are able to attend. There will be eight groups with topics such as safety skills development, support networks, and education.
GRANT PROPOSAL The goals of the Drop-In Safety Group for Traumatized Homeless Women program are to provide women who are survivors of trauma with an organized and structured forum to build their resiliency and improve their daily functioning and safety. The program will offer skill- building tools, genuine support, the freedom to choose to break the silence, and become empowered to move beyond simply surviving. There are six objectives to meet the program’s goals. They are: (a) Recruit and hire personnel who have experience and knowledge related to trauma, homelessness, and community resources; (b) Identify women who are homeless survivors of trauma and engage these women in attending the drop-in group; (c) Provide education and support to 100 women annually who are homeless survivors of trauma and those in the Redgate residential program; (d) Reduce the number of trauma-related symptoms among both groups of women; (e) Measure program outcomes; (f) provide ongoing staff development and intern training. PROGRAM EVALUATION The Drop-In Safety Group for Traumatized Homeless Women program will utilize pre-and post-test questionnaires and follow-up surveys including the Davidson Trauma Scale (1996), to measure the program’s outcomes and effectiveness. When the women have completed the program they will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to evaluate the program’s overall intervention techniques in the areas of group facilitation skills, relationship-building, communication, and referrals to community resources. The evaluations will be used in the future to adjust the program for greater effectiveness. At 30-day and 90-day intervals, and after the women complete the program, they will be contacted to complete a questionnaire to measure how well the women are coping with life. Some of the questions will include how the women are functioning, whether they are receiving ongoing therapy, whether they have been able to acquire employment, and whether they are sheltered or permanently housed.
LESSONS LEARNED The Grant-Writing Process: The grant-writing process gives several opportunities for varied learning experiences. Once the literature review was completed, and the need for an intervention was ascertained, a program was then developed that would best meet the complex needs of women survivors of trauma who are experiencing homelessness. The Foundation Library database was utilized and yielded an abundance of prospective funders. The Foundation’s database also provided a way to organize the desired not-for-profit organizations that would be the best fit for the program and a potential funding source. In using the valuable resource of the Foundation Library database, more information was gained regarding the organizations offering grant monies, such as the history of the not-for-profit organizations, their missions, the population served with past grants, and the size of the grants awarded. It is crucial to match the right funder to the program developed. Furthermore, the grant-writing process is also vital in developing an understanding of the research process and the importance of accuracy. In order to underline the necessity of a program to engage and treat the target population, an in-depth persuasive literature review was essential, as it would provide the reader with a clear picture of the need for the proposed program. Collaboration: Taking into consideration that there could be barriers in locating a host agency is important. Originally an agency was chosen that was amenable to hosting the proposed program; however, during the research portion of the project, the agency withdrew their support and another agency had to be found to host the project. An essential lesson was learned about the importance of having an alternate plan in place to draw on when unforeseen circumstances arise. Once a host agency was secured, there was collaboration with the agency to develop the necessary budget items and determine how the budget will be implemented. All data needed to complete a grant application process, such as the yearly operating budget, staff salaries, and training costs, the in-kind support from the agency was determined, as well as what the actual grant funding would support was determined. The in-kind support was beneficial for the project, as it allowed the funding from the actual grant to be used for salaries for staff and training, as well as other direct or indirect costs. Overall, the collaboration was an important learning process and a critical step in the development of the grant application. Social Work Implication: Grant writing is a vital function for the social work professional who may be implementing a new program. Funds that are acquired through grants are essential to the success of any program being developed and, subsequently, for the continued success of those programs that are operational. With the current downturn of the economy, it is much more challenging than ever to be funded by a donor. Federal and State funding is limited due to the budget crisis, and non-profit agencies are offering fewer funds due to the crisis. Competition is great; therefore, it is crucial for the social worker to be knowledgeable of the grant-writing process. Research is fundamental in the areas of developing a compelling argument for the need of the program. Strong, clear writing skills to articulate the significant needs of the population being served, as well as painting a convincing picture of the program are essential. Programs are developed, implemented, and maintained through the financial support of grants. It is the responsibility of the social worker to advocate for the populations they serve. One of the ways to advocate for clients is to ensure that there are programs and services available in the community to address their varied needs.
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