Recently, The Salvation Army’s Marshall House Family Shelter passed the state of Connecticut’s Department of Housing inspection with positive marks across the board. The Marshall House received high grades for organization and preparedness. It was stated that the Marshall House sets the standard for other shelters around the state.
The Marshall House was commended for having a clear and concise action plan for striving to help clients work towards achieving self-sufficiency. With new leadership in place, a renewed focus has also been set on improving the facility. Plans are in place to update the laundry and dining rooms.
The Salvation Army’s Marshall House is involved in the Greater Hartford Coordinated Access Network (CAN). They have taken a lead in the new CAN Shelter Diversion Center and they were recently awarded a new contract for Diversion services in the CAN. The Marshall House staff is very involved with the CAN housing matching in order to match their clients to housing if they can’t obtain it on their own.
The Marshall House case managers work closely with clients on housing applications and rental searches. Case managers also help the clients set goals and plan what the next steps are going to be.
In Greater Hartford, The Salvation Army has been working with families and single women who are homeless for over 40 years. The Marshall House is a 27-bed Family Shelter and a 23-bed Overflow Shelter that provides comprehensive services to people who are at risk of homelessness, currently experiencing homelessness, or are transitioning from homelessness back into stable housing. The Marshall House is currently at capacity.
“Homelessness does not discriminate. Our hope is that every life that we touch here at The Salvation Army's Marshall House is in some way made better through our services, kindness and care.” said Sarah DiMaio, Program Director for the Marshall House.
The Marshall House’s goal is to provide a safe place for people who are homeless and provide for their basic needs, as well as to empower the shelter's residents to rebuild their lives and move into and maintain stable housing.
Marshall House programs offer far more than just meals, clothing and a place to sleep. Services are holistic and include prevention and response to issues surrounding homelessness and poverty. Residents are offered education, employment skills training, advocacy services, counseling and compassionate care so that they are empowered to lead responsible, self-sufficient lives. The staff at Marshall House is committed to providing a safe environment, support and guidance for residents during difficult periods in their lives.