“Our guests first perceive St.Francis House as a safe harbor — a place to rest, eat a warm meal, and get clothes,” says President Karen LaFrazia. “From there, it’s our responsibility to build relationships with them and to offer them other critical resources like case management, medical and psychiatric care, vocational rehabilitation, and help with housing.”
Giving someone the power of choice and supporting personal autonomy —such as what jacket they would like to wear, which area of study they want to focus on, or if and when they decide to speak with a case manager about their worries— encourages motivation and engagement, enabling them to access their individual needs at their pace.
Connecting guests with their strengths and interests and giving them more choice, autonomy, power, and control over their lives, gives us the ability to build a trusting relationship because in the end, “We’re not trying to change you; we’re here to help you.”
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