Our Successes

We’re dedicated to creating safer, more productive lives for infants, children, young adults, and families through our comprehensive programs.

The following statistics are based on our 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Residential Group Care

  • A total of 118 girls and boys, ages 9– 17, received full-time care and treatment services at five safe, home-like group homes located in Boca Raton, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach. Clients not only came from Palm Beach County, but from 14 other districts in the state, including as far as the Panhandle.
  • The agency continues to serve clients who have greater levels of trauma. Consistently we have seen that when the children we serve are able to remain in our homes for more than six months, there is  greater likelihood of success. In this fiscal year, there were 77 client discharges.
    • 31 stepped down or aged out.
    • 46 moved to a lateral program or higher level of care. (We serve children at the least restrictive level possible. After being placed at HomeSafe, it is sometimes discovered that a client needs a more restrictive program to help them with their needs).
  • Our LifeSkills program is provided to all clients living in residential group care. Twice a week, clients attend group trainings that provide them with the knowledge and tools they will need for independent living – keeping a clean room, personal hygiene, shopping & cooking, how to do laundry, educational planning, using community services, and applying for a job. Clients are tested pre and post-trainings. This year’s post-assessment average was 93%, up from 13% from last year.
  • On the last day of school, of the 45 clients in our residential program, 96% of them were promoted to the next grade level.
  • 93% of the total residential population that attended school throughout the fiscal year maintained an 80% attendance rate for the school year.

 

SafetyNet

  • 472 adults, teens and children either received limited services or were enrolled in SafetyNet’s weekly therapeutic support groups and individual therapy for victims of domestic violence. Of those, 96 adult, 39 teen and 41 child clients enrolled in group and/or individual therapy and successfully completed the program. 53 children were provided on-site childcare services by our volunteers while their parents and older siblings attended group.
  • 85% of adult and teen clients demonstrated an increase in adaptive coping and resiliency skills as evidenced by pre- and post-assessment.
  • 99% of clients indicated “satisfaction” with program services in their quarterly client satisfaction surveys.
  • A teen client of the program, Ricky, was awarded a $500 college scholarship by the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County for college expenses at Palm Beach State College. The scholarship was awarded based on his essay about his personal challenges in confronting family violence.
  • Volunteers and interns are an invaluable resource for the SafetyNet program. This past year, we had four interns from a variety of schools – FAU, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Barry University. These interns volunteer 10-12 hours a week and provide assistance for all aspects of the program.
  • Our eleven regular SafetyNet volunteers assist in preparing and serving meals to our children and teens prior to their group therapy sessions. They also provide childcare to the children under six years of age while their parent and siblings attend their support groups.

 

Healthy Beginnings

  • Our hospital liaisons visited 14,861 new moms before they were discharged from the hospital. Helpful information about post-partum depression, bonding, and child development were provided.
  • The agency provided 148 portable cribs for free to parents in need to ensure their child had a safe place to sleep. Along with the cribs, each family received educational material to help inform them of the practices of safe sleep.
  • 269 clients completed the Growing Smart program – a voluntary, two-year program that teaches parents about developmental stages and provides parenting tips. A child’s development is monitored by the developmental support specialist who will provide a referral, should a concern be discovered.
  • More than 3,586 children were screened by HomeSafe for their behavioral and social/emotional health to ensure they are kindergarten ready. Healthy Beginnings conducts free developmental assessments for all children under the age of five throughout Palm Beach County.
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