DISABILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Tackling the Issue
The Servant Center has a team of Disability Specialists who assist individuals in applying for SSI/SSDI benefits. Most of its referrals come from Cone Health System, local emergency shelters and transitional shelters. Once a referral is received, every effort is made to meet with the client within 2 business days. We often go to where the client is located, such as a hospital or shelter. The Disability Specialist collects medical and employment records and then interviews a client several times to obtain a comprehensive work and medical history and to collect information for a functional assessment. At the end of the day our goal is to assist the client through the entire disability process.
GLENWOOD & HAWORTH HOUSES
Housing the Homeless
Glenwood and Haworth Houses are nestled in a quiet community with access to transportation, a grocery store, downtown, the library and much more. These housing communities provide low-rent apartments to low-income, disabled individuals, primarily veterans. Glenwood House offers 8 studio apartments and Haworth House offers 9 one bedroom apartments. Residents are provided with case management services, social activities, life skills classes, support groups, a beautiful outdoor space and a community room.
Referrals provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Coordinated Entry are prioritized for Glenwood and Haworth Houses. Because there are so few apartments, anyone interested in applying should first contact Debra Stokes at to determine if there are any vacancies.
The Servant Center affirmatively markets Glenwood and Haworth Houses and it supportive services to eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex,age, familial status, handicap or who are least likely to apply in the absence of special outreach. The Servant Center complies with non-discrimination, fair housing, equal access and reasonable accommodations laws including the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
THE SERVANT HOUSE
The Servant House is a 21-bed transitional housing facility for homeless, disabled men, with a preference for Veterans. Servant House provides for all the resident’s basic needs including shelter, meals, snacks, transportation, toiletries and clothing. The Servant House program focuses on assisting residents in applying for and receiving VA benefits and/or SSI/SSDI benefits AND finding, securing and maintaining decent, safe and affordable housing. Residents work with the LCSW to complete a Treatment Plan with specific housing and income goals. The plan can also include goals in the areas of health, substance abuse, social relationships, etc. if desired by the resident.
Development of the Treatment Plan is resident-driven. Residents are offered a comprehensive array of services including: case management; onsite mental health and substance abuse groups; nutrition classes; life skills classes; peer support; exercise at the YMCA; social activities such as cookouts and attending Grasshopper games; budget and credit counseling; and assistance with benefits. To support leadership development, residents can participate on the Resident Council. Servant House is the only transitional (or respite) program in Guilford County that targets and is equipped to serve homeless individuals with significant disabilities. Residents suffer from severe/chronic disabilities including cancer, Hepatitis C, HIV, Diabetes, missing limbs, strokes, kidney disease, seizure disorders, etc. Many residents have significant mental health conditions including bi-polar disease, PTSD or Schizophrenia. Residents often must undergo long-term treatments such as dialysis, chemotherapy, physical therapy, radiation or counseling.
To provide quality care to these residents we have a nursing team led by a RN and assisted by a CNA-Med Tech. The nursing team assists with medication management; teaches residents about their medications and conditions; works with the cooks to provide appropriate meals for those with diet restrictions; takes and records vitals and deals with emergency situations. More than 80% of our residents have 2 or more medical and/or mental health conditions. Giving residents the time to work with their doctors and psychiatrists to find and receive necessary treatment and acclimate to the correct medication(s) is essential for their ability to properly care for themselves once they move into permanent housing. It improves their changes of maintaining that housing.
Housing the homeless
Fast Track is a Rapid Rehousing program for veterans, as well as those with disabilities who are waiting on VA and/or SSI/SSDI benefits. The program couples temporary financial assistance with case management services focused on housing stability. For any further questions contact Daly Johnson, Fast Track Housing Stability Specialist, at 336-275-8585 Ext. 209