REACH Initiative: Resources & Educational Access for Children experiencing Homelessness

  • Listen to a fall 2016 interview featuring Social Worker Beth Branagan, Graduation Coach David Siniard, and Regional Lead for the Homeless Coalition Jennifer Molliere, to learn about the REACH Initiative. See below for program goals and meeting information.

    REACH Initiative Goals


    Acquisition or Development of a Youth Shelter


    Study feasibility of acquiring/developing shelter facility that targets youth in school
    Investigation of possible grants/grantwriting resources
    Collaboration with The Haven of Transylvania County/SAFE Brevard
    Communicate with youth about unmet needs (possible collaboration with CARE Coalition Youth Work Group)

    Development of Host Homes Program


    Collaboration with existing Host Homes programs to develop program model (structure, operation, target population/demographics)
    Identification/interview potential agencies for oversight
    Development of program
    Recruit host families
    Develop Host Family training program
    Communicate with youth about how to meet needs 

    Student Supply Closets in Schools


    Coordination with schools to monitor needs & inventory
    Coordination with churches, civic groups, individuals for donations
    Keep closets stocked and organized
    Investigation of possible grants for clothing (coordinate possible partnership with Sharing House Adopt-A-Student program)

    Next meeting for REACH Initiative:


    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

    County Commissioners’ Chambers
    Transylvania County Administration
    101 S. Broad Street


    Beth Branagan, School Social Worker
    (828) 884-9567