Who we help – We specialize in helping homeless individuals, including Veterans, seniors and families with children. We are also committed to helping newly sober individuals and families with children exiting treatment facilities, who would otherwise be homeless. Most of our clients have some type of disability; most often mild to moderate mental illness and substance use disorder.
Clean & sober environment – All of our programs are operated in a safe, clean & sober setting; designed to facilitate 12-Step Recovery.
Trauma informed policies: Serene & peaceful sanctuary – Most of our clients have experienced some form of trauma. Our organization understands the importance of providing the client with an opportunity to heal. Everyone deserves a safe place to recover.
Income & permanent housing – Our clients typically arrive at the Wallace House with very little, or no income. Our goal is to provide them with the case management necessary for them to obtain steady, predictable income and permanent housing.
Wallace House was the foundation they needed
“My wife and I were at rock bottom with nowhere to go. We had been homeless for six months living in our car with our two children. Trying to find a job and get your kids to school when your homeless was so horrible.
“The Wallace House staff provided us with a place to call home. I’ve found stability and confidence. I’m so thankful every day for what Wallace House has done for our family”, says the Mom about her journey from homelessness to permanent housing and income.
Her husband gets teary-eyed when he recounts all the blessings their family has experienced as a result of Wallace House – including a home to rent.
“I’m a recovering addict. I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive myself for the mess we were in, but now my wife and I have three jobs between us. Our son gets A’s in school and our daughter is a solid student with lots of friends. We are absolutely happy. Wallace House really helps those who try to help themselves.”
Healing from Childhood Trauma
“When I first arrived at the Wallace House, my Intake Manager shared his story with me. The entire time he spoke, it seemed like I floated around the room for a while. Was he telling my story? I thought I was the only one who had experienced the type of abuse he was describing. He also talked about the shame. How shattered he felt by the trauma – was paralyzed by the fear. How relieved I was to know that I was no longer alone. My case manager encouraged me to talk about it. He said to reveal is to heal. I no longer felt I had to hide. And there were others at Wallace House with similar stories. They talked about feeling safe for the first time in their lives. They gave me hope. I also learned about compassion. Compassion for the broken people who tried to raise me. They didn’t have the tools. My parents had 160,000 hours to pass down the bundles from their parents, and their parents, and so on. It wasn’t because they didn’t love me. They just didn’t know any better. I was blaming them until I realized how bitter they were about their parents. Today I can be a parent to my children without passing down the same bundles. And I can re-parent myself from a place of kindness, acceptance and love.”
Back on Their Feet
At the height of the recent recession, the volunteers distributing food at St. Peter’s Catholic Church noticed an increase in those seeking assistance, especially amongst families. One of those families seeking help consisted of a mother, father and five children. Both mom & dad had been laid off from their respective jobs, and were doing everything they possibly could to hang on to their home. An important piece to their efforts was the availability of cost-free food for their children. For about 5 months this family came to St. Peter’s for food. Then one day, the rectory doorbell rang. It turned out to be the mom from this family, and in her hands were two bags of groceries. She smiled, and said “My husband found a job. We no longer need your assistance, and so I’m returning these groceries for someone else who may need them.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”