What We Do
The Affordable Supportive Housing Program is one of three types of housing that St. Elizabeth offers on our campus in New Albany. Since 1989 we have been providing shelter and support to pregnant women. We then expanded the program in 1996 when we built a brand new Transitional Shelter for single mothers and their children. Then in 2012 we opened our first Affordable Supportive Housing (ASH) unit. Today we have 9 of these units on our campus for families facing homelessness.
Every year, over 700,000 children experience abuse and neglect in the U.S. They are caught up in the complicated family court and foster care system and need someone to give them a voice. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers who receive specialzed training and are sworn in as officers of the court to speak up on behalf of the children.
In this program single mothers reside in our shelter along with their young children while receiving intensive case management services. Program participants take steps toward educational and vocational goals, get connected with community resources, receive mental health counseling, pay graduated rent and prepare for self-sufficiency.
Through this program families can receive free baby food, diapers and formula by simply providing a form of identification and proof of a child. Additionally, baby and maternity clothing, blankets, as well as bigger items like car seats, baby beds, household goods, appliances and furniture are given to families in need.
The Outreach Counseling Program at St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities is open to members of the community in Southern Indiana and Louisville. We are able to bill some major insurance, Indiana Medicaid, and have a sliding scale based on income and family size. Faith may be incorporated into counseling services as the client wishes. Licensed clinicians provide mental health treatment for individuals of all ages as well as couples counseling and family counseling.
Our Women and Children's Emergency Shelter provides expectant mothers facing unplanned pregnancies and single mothers a refuge, a listening ear and the knowledge to help make decisions about parenting options, how to budget for a new baby and children, and other pregnancy and or children related assistance.