UGM Simonka Place for Women & Children – CITYGATE
Simonka Place provides emergency shelter and meals to meet immediate needs in a trauma-informed environment. Often, even a few nights of supportive shelter and trauma-informed care are enough to help single women and mothers with children regroup and identify a safe place for themselves and their family.
On average, mothers and children stay for six months. Children benefit from school-related case management and are tutored and supported for school success. All of the women (singles and mothers) connect with programs to stabilize and secure housing and employment.
Anyone needing help can receive: A hot shower, clean clothing, personal care items, nourishing meals, and safe shelter. Often our first point of contact, supplying these provisions can lead to whole life transformation. It starts with a warm meal and ends with new life!
Feeding and sheltering men is only the first step, but it is the most crucial initial service we can offer. Meeting basic human needs allows more freedom to consider and pursue services that can bring about sustainable change and successful reentry into society.
Understanding individual needs allows our staff to more efficiently connect individuals to the specific resources they need in order to escape homelessness and experience genuine, sustainable recovery for long-term change. When lives are changed, families will be restored, and our community will be transformed.