Programs

Shelter

Single residents live 3-4 to a bedroom. Families are housed in their own rooms. Residents share kitchens, baths, living rooms, laundry and lounge areas. Residents are responsible for their own cooking. Trust House residents may visit our food pantry if they need assistance with groceries. Residents complete daily chores to maintain the house in addition to caring for their own living space. Residents have access to computers with internet connection. Residents are offered weekly Life Skills training, the option to attend a sober living group and multiple other activities that are captured on a monthly calendar of events.

Therapeutic Case Management

Trust House offers therapeutic case management to every resident. The Case Manager, a Qualified Mental Health Professional, meets at least once a week with each resident to assist in the development of an individualized Life Management Plan in order to develop goals to work toward while living at Trust House and to prepare for success beyond their stay at Trust House. The Case Manager works with residents to obtain housing; manage healthcare and medications; and help them meet personal goals.

Skills Development for Self-Sufficiency

Trust House offers programming that aims to make residents more successful at maintaining self-sufficiency upon their move into permanent housing. A Life Skills group is offered each Tuesday evening. Life Skills programming addresses: health; income development and maintenance; job skills; education; housing; financial literacy; community resources; self-help skills; independent living skills; and therapeutic resources.

Credit Remediation, Budgeting and Savings

Residents at Trust House are assisted in obtaining a credit report and developing a strategy to improve credit scores. Two household budgets are developed: the first anticipates expenses while at Trust House and the second anticipates expenses after a resident has obtained permanent housing. Residents are asked to save 60% of take home pay after their first thirty days. Households are encouraged to develop a savings goal that considers: rent; security deposit; utility deposits; pantry expense; moving costs; and rainy day savings.

Housing Stability Program

Graduates of the Trust House Shelter Program can choose to participate in our new Housing Stability Program. The Trust House Housing Stability Coordinator assists clients during their last 30 days in shelter to locate and transition to permanent housing. This program offers care coordination through monthly phone calls and home visits to clients; referrals to existing resources to prevent/address crises; coordination of a monthly peer support group; and connection to the Community Housing Resource Center for subsidies to maintain housing if necessary. The program can continue for up to 12 months after transitioning from Trust House.

Peer Supportive Recovery Housing

Trust House has recently partnered with Rebuilding Together Roanoke to provide permanent housing for recent graduates.
This provides a stable, supportive home where the former residents can live and support each other in their new lives.


Music Therapy

Trust House serves as an advanced clinical placement site for Radford University’s Graduate Level Music Therapy Program. Weekly sessions are provided for clients of Trust House. Radford University students are placed in this setting to develop skills on their way to becoming board certified music therapists (MT-BC). Music Therapy is a unique and effective means for residents to interact and express while building new relationships with each other and with the music therapist. Through listening to, composing, improvising or re-creating music together, the music therapist can assist clients to identify, establish and pursue personal goals of a cognitive, emotional, physical, social or spiritual nature. The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) defines music therapy in the following way: Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

  • For more information on the profession of music therapy, see the following link: www.musictherapy.org


    Homeward Bound


    Recent Recording by Music Therapy Program


    "Compassion is not a sloppy sentimental feeling for people who are underprivileged or sick...it is an absolutely practical belief that regardless of a person's background, ability or ability to pay, he should be provided with the best that society has to offer."

    --Neil Kinnock, Welsh Labor politician, from his maiden speech in 1970


    Do You Need Help?


    If you are experiencing homelessness or expect to become homeless soon, please call Trust House at (540)344-8060. Trust House is staffed 24 hours a day every day.

    Learn More about Homelessness

    Council of Community Services
    Homelessness Reports
    www.councilofcommunityservices.com

    National Alliance to End Homelessness
    General Information
    www.endhomelessness.org

    US Department of Veterans Affairs
    Information for Homeless Veterans
    www.va.gov/homeless/

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Homelessness Resource Center
    http://homeless.samhsa.gov/

    US Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Homelessness Resource Exchange
    http://www.hudhre.info/