Making A Way Housing, Inc welcomes all individuals for services related to drug and alcohol addiction, and those in need of life-enhancing recovery from co-occurring conditions. However, we recognize that our clients often have other medical and psychiatric conditions that interact with and impact their addiction. We are committed to providing the most holistic and comprehensive recovery and treatment services for clients.
 
   
 

 
 
Housing
We provide Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. Our Emergency shelter provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. Our transitional housing program primarily serves individuals who have jobs in the community or are enrolled in one of the shelter's job training or educational programs. The goal of our transitional housing program is to facilitate the program participant's transition out of the shelter and into permanent housing. The goal of Making A Way Housing, Inc is to bridge the gap in the continuum of care for homeless individuals in Atlanta who are in recovery. Making A Way Housing, Inc provides subsidized, sober, supportive housing, helping individuals transition out of emergency shelter, recovery homes or other transitional living programs. This program will provide the residents with the opportunity to develop the additional skills, incomes, and stability needed to become self-sufficient. The ultimate goal is to help residents reunite with their families, gain life skills, prevent relapse, and attain the self-esteem needed to go forward and enjoy a successful life.
 
 
   
 
Case Management
Our case management links consumers with health and social services. It is the coordination of access to medical treatment and support services, and the assurances of continuity of care. Our case mangers advocate on behalf of our clients and educate them in order to empower each person to act on his/her own behalf. Case management activities include initial and on-going assessments of the client's needs, developing a comprehensive and individualized service plan; coordination of and linkage to needed services; and monitoring of the plan to access its efficacy. Case management is a vital support service that assures a responsive and client driven system.
 
   
 
Peer Support/Education
Peer Mentors are available to provide hands-on support and encouragement to new clients entering our program. Since Peer Mentors have experience in the program and mastered it, they can assist and accompany the new clients through the maze of available services.
 
   
Food Pantry
The food pantry was established to provide nutritional food on an EMERGENCY basis. Food boxes are designed to contain well-balanced foods from the five major food groups, when available. Food is distributed on a first come first serve basis.
   
 
H-I-P, HIV Intervention and Prevention
H-I-P is an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention program that targets at-risk populations in Fulton and DeKalb Counties, those who are at risk for the disease and those who have the disease. Given the high prevalence of existing HIV/AIDS cases, education and prevention activities are paramount to preventing new cases and helping individuals with the disease learn how to manage and stay healthy. MAWH has been working with the HIV/AIDS infected population for over 7 years and has amassed a network of professionals and volunteers to aid in the effort. According to 2008 GeorgiaAids.org stats, African American women represented 71% of the total HIV/ADS cases in DeKalb County and 69% of the total cases in Fulton County.

H-I-P has integrated a special curriculum component for heterosexual African American women residing in DeKalb and Fulton Counties , Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA). SISTA is an evidenced-based curriculum aimed at reducing HIV sexual risk behavior. Core elements of the program include: Convening small-group sessions as a forum to increase awareness of the prevalence of unhealthy sexual risk behavior and to discuss how to overcome these challenges and practice healthy sexual behavior; Using cultural and gender appropriate facilitators and materials to reinforce concepts; Helping women develop self respect and assertive communication skills; Instructing women on how to effectively and consistently use condoms; Discussing cultural and gender-related barriers to using condoms; and Emphasizing the importance of safer sex. A second major component of the H-I-P program is the Street Team. The Street Team is a group of volunteers and staff who patrol on foot and by car through high risk neighborhoods sharing information about available testing and counseling services. The Street Team targets areas where individuals have a low probability of being tested under normal circumstances. The primary objective of the Team is to identify and provide early intervention for persons who are at risk of becoming infected or who have become infected. Those who test positive for HIV/AIDS are connected with appropriate medical services, serving as a gateway for education and treatment.

Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex: A group-level, single-session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American and Latino men and women. The Core elements of this intervention are that the videos are culturally specific videos portraying condom negotiation. The intervention is based on conducting small group skill - building sessions to work on overcoming barriers to condom use. The intervention induces the participants to different kinds of condoms and their features, distributes samples of condoms identified by participants as best meeting their needs.

D-up: Defend Yourself! Is a community-level intervention designed for and developed by Black men who have sex with men (MSM). D-up!
Is designed to promote social norms of condom use and assist Black MSM to recognize and handle risk related racial and sexual bias. The
D-up! Intervention mantra is: Brothers Keeping Brothers Safe. This refers to black MSM influencing one another to practice safer sex to stop transmission. When the social norm is shifted in a social network of black MSM the behavior of every individual in the network is impacted. Brothers are the most effective and far-reaching agents of behavior change for themselves that exists in the world.
 
   
 
Health Education/Risk Reduction
Campaigns have included trainings, workshops, consultations, outreach and development of materials in order to offer new, non-formal educational approaches tailored to communities cultural realities. It has also built several ongoing, community-based partnerships with communities in the State of Georgia.
 
   
 
Volunteer Services
Making A Way Housing, Inc not only depends on volunteers, but also on the kindness and support of donors. All donations are much needed and greatly appreciated. Through these donations we are able to raise the necessary funds to continuously provide quality program and services for our clients. Our Volunteer Program is the backbone of the agency. Volunteers are utilized in a number of areas including special events, public relations, administration, education, and HIV testing, outreach and health fairs.
 
 
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