Social Work and Community Services

  • The Social Work and Community Services department provides services to Deaf, Blind, and DeafBlind consumers that will empower them to live as independently as possible within their own community in an appropriate, professional, confidential, positive and viable manner.

    Services provided include:

    • Grocery/Personal Shopping
    • Medical Assistance
    • Transportation
    • Appointments
    • Homemaker services/House cleaning/Yard and Home Repairs
    • Recreational Outings/Workshops
    • Money Management

    Money Management Program

    The money management program is a voluntary program to assist consumers in the community with their checking accounts to support financial responsibility and security for participants. The department will have written procedures that: protect the financial interests of the consumers; provide financial counseling for consumers; protect consumer’s funds; and encourage normalization through possession and use of money by consumers.

    Supportive Housing Program

    To provide rehabilitation and adjustment services for consumers who are referred to the semi-independent cottages located on the Presbyterian Home for Children (PHFC) campus in preparation of successfully transitioning into long-term independent housing.

    Referral Criteria

    Applicants for referral to semi-independent living at the PHFC must complete an application packet that will be reviewed and considered by the referral committee. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Must be at least 19 years of age and out of high school
    • Must be Deaf, Blind, DeafBlind, Legally Blind, or Hard of Hearing
    • Must have a sensory impairment or other disability
    • Must be assessed regarding financial hardship (provide proof of income, expenses, and complete budget worksheet)
    • Must be assessed regarding the safety of current living arrangements (reports from police, DHR, building inspector, environmental services, and/or other professionals)
    • Must not present medical or psychiatric problems or needs that require medical support or supervision
    • Must show proof that any medical conditions are stabilized prior to service referral (diabetes, seizures)
    • Must show a physician statement stating the patient is free from communicable diseases
    • Must have no past record of destruction, police activity, and/or poor housekeeping habits resulting in health or safety hazards any of which constitute grounds for rejection. Lack of rental history is not grounds for rejection
    • Must not be currently engaging in illegal drug use
    • Must not be subject to a lifetime registration requirement or is currently registered under a state sex offender registration program

    To receive a copy of the application for housing, please call 256-761-3370.

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