Thank you for the excellent article on homelessness in Loudoun County by Veronike Collazo in your January 12 issue. It is truly an under-served population here in the richest county of the nation, and we can do better.
I wanted to also make you aware that INMED Partnerships for Children has been serving homeless and low-income children and families in Loudoun for 22 years. Our Opportunity Center in Sterling offers a continuum of care for children at risk of homelessness, abuse, neglect, poverty, violence, teen pregnancy and worse.
INMED’s Opening Doors program is a highly successful homelessness intervention initiative that provides intensive case management and connections to vital resources for homeless families to help them find stable housing and equip them with the tools for sustainable self-sufficiency. In addition, our homelessness prevention program works with families on the brink of homelessness to empower them with the skills and resources they need to achieve financial stability. Of the families INMED worked with last year, 100% remained in their homes.
Our Opportunity Center also offers an after-school program tutoring mentors and summer camps for at-risk children and youth, as well as family education classes, skills-development workshops, teen parent support groups and other resources to help low-income parents raise healthy, self-sufficient children.
Nancy C. Baker
INMED Partnerships for Children