ShelterCare Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2012

HawthorneShelterCare’s Hawthorn Apartments Renovation Nears Completion

While there are many great things from the eighties that remain timeless — music, fashion, big hair — the Hawthorn Apartments were ready for a much needed update. The Hawthorn Apartments, part of ShelterCare’s Eugene Supportive Housing Program (ESH), has provided supported housing for individuals challenged by psychiatric disabilities since 1982. ESH was created to fill an unmet need for private supported housing for adults whose psychological disabilities prevent their independence. These clients no longer need the services of a psychiatric hospital but without the emotional, medical, and life skills support that ShelterCare provides, many of these 
residents might once again find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program provides an array of mental health support services combined with permanent subsidized housing. Mental health services 
include assessment, individual and group therapy, medication training, life skills training, coping skills building, peer supports, case management, crisis support, and supported community and social activities. 

Last November, ShelterCare began a large renovation project on the facility's four buildings which included new roofing, siding, and windows. Inside, each of the 35 apartments were improved with new cabinets, appliances, plumbing, paint, hard surface flooring, and bathroom hardware. The program offices were also remodeled to improve safety and accessibility, and to create more private counseling space. A new larger community room with a kitchenette 
was also created for consumer activities and training. This project has been completed in phases to reduce disruption to our clients. Residents of one building at a time were moved offsite as each building received its upgrade. This was both logistically challenging and emotionally hard for residents and staff alike, but now that we can see the end of construction approaching in November, all are encouraged by the bright new homes.

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