A Step Up for Women & Families in Need
Imagine the desperation and the fear that a woman might feel when escaping domestic issues only to face life on the street. Then imagine that same woman holding the hands of her children as she navigates homelessness.
The founders of Amos House did just that over 30 years ago. In 1986, five area churches recognized a clear need in the Greater Danbury, Connecticut area for a program and a place for homeless women and their children to transition to permanent housing. Its founding members envisioned, designed and structured their response; the centerpiece of which is Amos House’s residential living facility which opened its doors in 1989.
Amos House is far more than a shelter. It is a comprehensive program where residents obtain life skills, job skills, counseling and support in the context of a safe environment. Ultimately, residents are equipped to transition to independent living within a 2 year time period, and more often sooner, setting a positive example for their children and helping to break the cycle of homelessness. Indeed, since Amos House opened its doors over 25 years ago, over 200 families have transitioned to self-sufficiency and permanent housing through its efforts.
Program participants are referred from various established organizations, including the Connecticut State Department of Health, the Department of Children and Family Services, homeless, emergency and domestic violence shelters. Applicants must complete a rigorous application process which includes a commitment to be substance-free and be willing to help themselves with professional guidance including career training via Amos House' partnership with TBICO.
Amos House depends on YOUR support. Program fees paid by residents do not cover all needs. And while operating costs are kept to a minimum, monies are needed to staff the house appropriately. The State of Connecticut Department of Housing no longer funds programs like Amos House. Our ability to operate is therefore contingent on contributions from local corporations and religious organizations, grants and importantly, private individuals like you.
Amos House is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by ensuring that our female residents have the opportunity to achieve the competencies required for permanent, self-sufficient independent living. That said, we are well aware that each individual in our program has a unique story and subsequently unique needs. Amos House is focused on customizing programming to nurture life skills, job skills and coping skills that will ultimately serve to help residents successfully launch themselves and their children into the life that they so deserve.