Training is provided in basic life skills such as money management, parenting, nutrition, assertiveness, advocacy and accessing community resources. These training programs, which emphasize the acquisition of skills, confidence and information, lead to a certificate of "housing readiness" and can expedite a successful housing search. We also provide case management, housing search, GED and ESL classes. Although all Carolina Hill residents share a common problem of homelessness, many are also escaping situations of domestic violence and/or recovering from substance abuse. We refer families to outside services and agencies for childcare, individual, group and family counseling, community support, domestic violence programs, furniture programs, substance abuse programs, day programs and much more. After our families are successfully placed in a new home, we offer follow-up services to assist their smooth transition into local schools and social services.
Carolina Hill is a transitional shelter for homeless families operated by a private, non-profit (Chapter 180, 501(c) 3) corporation. Since 1988, we have provided services designed to break the cycle of repeated homelessness experienced by many families. We treat our residents with dignity and respect, without prejudice or judgement. Our caring and committed staff can accommodate families whose members may have special needs (e.g., developmentally disabled or handicapped). Our physical facility and its location are ideal for a shelter program with a fenced yard, recreation building and living spaces ideally suited for larger families who cannot find shelter elsewhere. The average length of stay for a family at Carolina Hill is three months, during which the parents receive mandatory counseling in order to examine the reasons for their homelessness and to avoid similar situations in the future. The program houses up to 17 families at a time.
Board of Directors
Marc D. Binder, Ph.D., President Katherine W. Stovel, Ph.D. Lewis P. Rubin, M.D. Edyce S. Binder Paula R. Binder
Cynthia Lanctot, Program Director
Stephanie MacDonald, Program Coordinator
Valerie Willette, Case Manager
Kerry Griffin, Adult Education Coordinator
Mario Garcia, Food Services
Dianne Cushing, Residential Staff
Gina Johnson, Residential Staff
Steve Alfano, Residential Staff
Rachel Black, Residential Staff
Melissa Bloodgood, Residential Staff
Kristin MacMaster, Residential Staff
Marc D. Binder, Ph.D., Executive Director