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Phoenix Pass serves the needs of women and their dependent children experiencing homelessness by giving them an opportunity to reestablish self-sufficiency in a residential setting. Our program focuses on women with children at or below 200 percent of the poverty ... Read More


Phoenix Pass serves the needs of women and their dependent children experiencing homelessness by giving them an opportunity to reestablish self-sufficiency in a residential setting. Our program focuses on women with children at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. The two-year program empowers clients with supportive services and resources that will enable them to recover and rebuild productive, stable lives, and reduce the chance of experiencing homelessness again.

Phoenix Pass provides stable and secure housing, holistic curriculum-based and community-based education for improving their parenting and life-skills. The women are also provided continual case management to assist them in making a successful transition back to self-sufficiency and economic stability.

Once a family graduates, leaves Phoenix Pass voluntarily or by dismissal, they are still served through our 24-month After-Care Program. This program encompasses contact with these women every three months or when requested. The may also attend the enrichment classes free of charge, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are provided, if needed, physical and mental health referrals continue, and if we have any donations that our campus residents do not need or want, they are available to our After-Care participants. Currently, we are serving 19 women and 42 children in the After-Care Program, bringing our current total impact of service to 103 individuals.

The program has existed since 2010 with great success from participants. The program is intensive and provides high-accountability and organized structure to keep participants on track in meeting their goals. Programs from the Drake House, City of Refuge, and Rainbow Village were researched by founding board members before Phoenix Pass began to ensure that model practices were used. Phoenix Pass uses evidenced-based programs as the educational component and intake processes. A program graduate serves a one-year term on the Board of Directors to assist with policy making and best practices based on her own personal experiences.

Auvronette Guilbeaux, Director, Family Services, conducts the HUD Stable Housing Program Self-Monitoring Tools Assessment when a resident moves in. The Tool includes assessment for goals related to:

• Achieving permanent, stable housing

• Achieving greater self-determination

• Increasing skills and knowledge

• Increasing income

• Strengthening the family

Each family must devise an Individual Service Plan (ISP). The ISP is the written details of the supports, activities, and resources required for the individual to achieve personal goals. The Individual Service Plan is developed to articulate decisions and agreements made during a person-centered process of planning and information gathering. The general welfare and personal preferences of the individual are the key consideration in the development of all plans:

• Unique to the individual family

• Focused on abilities

• Shows personal choices and preferences

• Prioritizes the families hopes/dreams/goals and how they will be met

• States individual expectations for the future and who will be responsible for providing the supports and services to reach these goals.

Phoenix Pass was founded in 2008, and has served a total of 157 individuals. with a 77 percent rate of success of stable housing for those who have attended the program. Currently, Phoenix Pass serves 15 mothers and 27 children. Residents must be employed, save 30 percent of their income, and design and meet the goals of their Individual Service Plans.

Phoenix Pass is debt-free, but we have faced some challenges this year and, with the increase in families, we need to reach out for additional funding to continue this valuable program. Our 2018 budget is $234,329 of which we have a shortfall of $75,000. 

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Jean Yontz, Executive Director on behalf of

Phoenix Pass, INc.

Jean Yontz

Jean has lived in Conyers since 1983. She and her family operated their family business, Glenn’s Bar-B-Que, in Conyers for 25 years. She has always been a strong supporter of Rockdale County through 33 years of committed service.

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