Bridging The Gap In Virginia Our organization is strengthened by our partnerships with public and private agencies, as well as community and faith-based organizations. These resource agencies assist our organization in creating a unique blend of services to reduce recidivism, homelessness, unemployment, and relapse. Safe Housing Bridging The Gap In Virginia currently has resources to community residential facilities providing accommodations for participants. Each facility is furnished with washer, dryer, complete kitchen facilities, two full baths with linens, as well as complete bedding and common living area furniture. The partnering facilities are strategically located close to shopping, bus routes, and McGuire VA Medical Center. Structured Recovery Aftercare Following initial assessments, Certified Alcohol/Substance Abuse, Mental Health Counselors, and Success Coaches work with each program participant to develop Individualized Success Plans (ISP) that include random drug screening, mandatory attendance in AA and/or NA; a contracted commitment to their own self-sufficiency, along with support in accomplishing personal, and educational goals. Many of our participants will be enrolled in other programs such as Richmond Adult Drug Court, McGuire Veterans Hospital, and Probation and Parole group sessions. Some participants may have additional goals developed with other respective agencies. All participants receive intensive case management that guides them toward self-sufficiency. Participants also participate in community projects to regain a sense of citizenship. Participants are also directed to pay fines and apply for restoration of rights. Education Support & Opportunities Program participants are encouraged and supported through partnerships with Richmond Adult Evening Technical Center, J&G Consulting, area colleges and universities, and local Workforce Development Centers to pursue educational goals which include acquisition of the GED, higher education, or trade school certifications to become plumbers, electricians, HVAC and other trade professional, and skilled labor opportunities. Employment Assistance Program participants receive training resources in job readiness, interviewing skills resume writing, and job coaching. Individualized Success Plans (ISP) are developed for each participant. Employers are encouraged to hire ex-offenders, veterans, and individual struggling with homelessness.