HOUSING & LIFE SKILLS
LifeHouse Group’s facility in Dixmoor, Illinois, provides transitional housing for our residents. Incoming residents initially live within our quarantine area, featuring six bedrooms with an isolated kitchen, dining area, lounge, exercise equipment, and computer with internet access. After clearing quarantine, residents move to one of four separate residential wings. These wings feature residential kitchenettes, living and dining areas. Each wing maintains eight to 10 shower stalls and six to eight bathroom stalls. The four separate residential areas are designed to encourage smaller, supportive communities for the residents, but all four wings share an outdoor recreational area with space for seating, walking and sports. Anyone entering the facility passes through a secure reception area.
From the time they enter our facility, residents are strongly encouraged to develop their permanent housing plans. LifeHouse Group works with various agencies and landlords to help residents find permanent housing, provides access to public assistance programs, and offers references and recommendations for those residents who earn them. We also work to build bridges between residents and their family members, encouraging residents to create a support system that can benefit them for years to come.
LifeHouse Group is equipped with a full-size commercial kitchen and dining area to provide food service to its residents. It offers three daily healthful meals to its residents with additional snacks available throughout the day. During major events and holidays, such as our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and summer picnics, our facility offers special meals to celebrate with both residents and staff members.
LifeHouse Group has developed several life skills training programs designed to provide general experience and competency training for reintegration. These programs focus on financial literacy, basic computer skills, nonviolence training, de-escalation, conflict resolution, instruction regarding available medical benefits, and basic survival skills, such as food, transportation and opening a bank account. The VA finances the majority of these services for honorably discharged veterans, and nonprofit organizations subsidize most of the cost for non-veteran residents. Several local banks also sponsor financial literacy programs through the Community Reinvestment Act that residents can utilize.
Minds United: Minds United provides entrepreneurial, financial and general life skills guidance for LifeHouse Group residents. LifeHouse Group requires all residents to undergo financial literacy training through Minds United, as residents will need to understand budgeting and finances after they leave our facility. Funding for these programs is provided by the DoL, the WIOA and the VA.