For every family that is accepted into the program, The Carying Place provides:
- A furnished apartment home
- Rent and utilities
- Support Partners, who help in teaching families how to balance a checkbook; create and follow a budget; improve career opportunities; and start a savings program
- Children’s program that works with and assesses the needs of each child.
Families entering the TCP program are homeless at time of entry. They are often referred to TCP from various local agencies. These families are closely screened to determine their motivation and readiness to make changes to improve their situation using the training provided by TCP. The candidate families that are accepted enter into a four-month life-skills training program that provides counseling on financial management, budgeting, goal setting, time management and self-sufficiency. During this four-month training period, in additional to the TCP rent-free apartments, the program also provides technical assistance and emotional support to help the families escape financial chaos and gain self-confidence.
Families live in apartments leased or owned by TCP in an environment similar to permanent housing except rent and utilities are paid by TCP. A savings plan is established through an escrow account that emulates the fixed commitments with each pay check.
As a non-profit transitional housing program in Wake County, TCP supports these families in their quest for independent living through mentoring and guidance of Support Partners and Caring Sponsors. Families are paired with a volunteer team of Support Partners and Caring Sponsors that provide weekly guidance in managing personal finances, seeking permanent affordable housing and maintaining a job. Over a 16-week period, these families are “enlightened” about the skills required for self-sufficiency through mandatory once a week meetings with Support Partners at a local church.
A Children’s Support Program is also in place. Volunteers, who are trained and managed by a childhood development specialist, staff this program. The program delivers services designed to help:
- Prevent low self-esteem by addressing the emotional needs of the children;
- Prevent school-related problems (social and educational) by proactively teaching social skills and attending parent/teach meetings, advocating for child’s educational needs;
- Prevent nutritional problems by providing parents information on nutritional needs of the children;
- Prevent child abuse and neglect by providing information on appropriate expectations for child development, and appropriate forms of discipline.