Our team offers 1 on 1 mentorship for individuals between the ages of 5-17. The goal of youth mentoring programs is to improve the well-being of the child by providing a role model that can support the child academically, socially and/or personally. This program was mentioned as having significant benefits such as lower dropout rates in high school and subsequently increased graduation rates, along with an increase of enrollment into and graduation from institutions of higher education.This goal is accomplished through school work, communication, and/or activities.We develop friendships, and successful mentoring relationships utilizing four stages that include preparation, negotiating, enabling growth, and closure. These sequential phases build on each other and vary in length. In each phase, there are specific steps and strategies that lead to mentoring excellence. Mentees will have the benefits of learning the importance of volunteering their time and serving throughout the community, having discussions on future career aspirations, how to obtain the skills toward those goals, learning about how to start and run a business, character training and teamwork emphasis.

Prison Ministry

Pre-release services

 Our Pre-release services are intended to prepare offenders for transition from incarceration life within the community. Jail pre-release services may include assessment, reentry and transition planning, training, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, information and referral. Training programs focus on job readiness and employment skills, budgeting, consumer skills, family relationships, transition expectations, and related areas of value to offenders soon to be released. Pre-release services in state correctional institutions include assisting prison staff in delivering the Department of Corrections’ Life Skills Program, developing reentry and transition plans for difficult placement cases, and connection with community services soon after release. In collaboration with dedicated spiritual leaders, our prison ministry offers deep spiritual lessons, such as how to forgive, how to restore, and how to pray (reminding that God does all the work). It also teaches very practical lessons about listening, patience, and cross-cultural communication with a goal to reduce the recidivism rate.

Post-Incarceration services 

Our Post-incarceration services are provided to clients that have been recently released from incarceration and are intended to address the specific needs of individual offenders after release from prisons or jails to support successful reintegration into the community and sustain crime-free lifestyles. Risk and recidivism reduction services include assessment, training, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, information and referral, job readiness and employment services. Post-incarceration services also assist clients in obtaining stabilization and emergency services such as locating food, clothing, transportation, and shelter assistance. 

Disaster Relief

When people endure natural disasters without aid, they may face a lifetime of diminished hope for prosperity. Come As You Are Cville is working 24/7 to ensure that we’re delivering disaster relief to victims quickly not only by helping restore lost assets, but also maintaining their aspirations — and investing in our community’s long term economic and democratic health. We work diligently to keep people at risk of displacement in their existing homes whenever possible. To help residents stay in their current homes, CAYA funds and connects residents with: eviction and legal assistance referrals, temporary rental and utility assistance, employment/vocational counseling, linkage to longer-term housing programs.

Housing Department

Our Housing Department offers direct access, without barriers, to stable housing. Housing stability is the base that allows an individual to feel more safe; connect to resources; engage with the community, including through employment and/or volunteer opportunities; and address comprehensive health needs. To meet this goal, CAYA works on all aspects within the housing spectrum, through homelessness resolution, housing stability, and housing opportunity. In the area of homelessness resolution, work includes prevention and rehousing strategies and supportive service interventions.The pathways out of homelessness and housing instability vary and are unique to needs and resources for each individual. CAYA is also committed to utilizing the shelter system as a critical part of its work to end homelessness. Sheltering and emergency services should function as a component of rehousing, not as an end point for persons experiencing homelessness. Our Housing Department is:

Person-Centered: focused on the whole person, including strengths and challenges, while meeting everyone where they are without pre-judgement or assumptions.

Trauma-Informed: emphasizes trauma awareness, physical and emotional safety, choice and empowerment, and strength and resilience.

Culturally Responsive: respectful of beliefs and practices, sexual orientations, disability status, age, gender identity, cultural preferences, and linguistic needs; outreach staff are also aware of racial inequities and disparities, and tailor their approach accordingly

CAYA is committed to street outreach efforts that are designed to build trust and support connections to rehousing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This support is critical, particularly for those who may not be engaging with shelters and other services. While maintaining a focus on creating connections to stable housing, outreach workers establish rapport and reduce harm by providing critical, life-saving resources such as food, water, clothing, blankets, and other necessities.

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