We Serve the Most Vulnerable.
Drueding Center families come to us seeking another chance to stand on their own and recover their self-sufficiency. They lack the strength and stability that comes from things we often take for granted: income, education, opportunity, and a network of support.
These families are fragile. We give them hope.
These are families who are homeless not because they did not have a permanent home but because they bear the scars of significant traumas, such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health conditions, and because they have been buffeted through an overburdened system of shelters that gradually strips away pride.
We restore that pride, we teach them to draw on their inner strengths, and we directly address their greatest personal challenges beyond trauma, low education, and unemployment.
Here are some facts about these most vulnerable women and children who live in Drueding Center’s Residential Program:
- $480 per month, or $5,760 per year, is the average income of resident families on entry.
- On average, families have two children, with the majority under five years old creating an urgent need for childcare.
- 73% of mothers have suffered adult trauma.
- 72% are 19-25 years old, just starting their adult lives.
- 63% of mothers have suffered childhood trauma, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and/or placement in foster care.
- 57% read below the high school level, with an average reading level of fourth grade.
- 46% are the victims of domestic violence.
- 30% of mothers have a behavioral health diagnosis.
- 27% have a drug and/or alcohol history.
- 16% of the families have at least one child with a cognitive and/or physical developmental delay.
- 11% of the mothers themselves have cognitive developmental delays.