Howard Center group homes provide residential services for youth, young adults, and adults with a range of needs. The residential programs may also help people transition from living in a group home to living independently in the future. Some homes provide support for people with a severe mental health challenge, and others provide support for a specific population, such as youth, seniors, or individuals with a developmental disability.
Northern Lights is a residential program for 11 women who are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections and who have reached their minimum sentence and have at least one year of supervision left on their maximum sentence. They must be eligible for a Section 8 voucher. The program targets women from Chittenden County, but women from other counties may be accepted on a case by case basis.
In addition to residential support, the program offers individual and group counseling, parenting support, and employment through collaborations with community partners. The mission is to help women build a safe, healthy, and productive life in the community while living independently.
Clients are referred by the Department of Corrections staff at the women’s prison. In addition, area residential facilities also make referrals.
Park Street is a community-based residential program providing treatment to families and adolescent males, ages 12-17 with sexual harming behaviors. Through the use of a cognitive behavioral based model with the Good Lives Model concepts and trauma-informed approach, Park Street works collaboratively with youth, their families and referring agencies to modify inappropriate sexual behavior through a strength based skill building focus. The goal is to inspire personal change that will promote youth to care about themselves and others and to be responsible for their own behaviors.
Park Street Program helps by offering:
• 90-day assessments and long term treatment
• Individual, group and family therapy
• Psychiatric consultation and medical oversight
• Community reintegration support
• On site educational programming through the Fay Honey Knopp Memorial School.
• Safety and behavioral stability
• A holistic model of individualized care with emphasis on addressing sexual behaviors in conjunction with other co-occurring mental health disorders
Clients are referred to the program through the youth’s local team of service providers to include the Agency of Education with either the Department of Mental Health or the Department for Children and Families taking the lead in the process
For information about a PREA safe environment at Park Street, please click here.
Youth come to us with lots of baggage, but we help them understand that they are good people with many good qualities and strengths. –Park Street staff
The Transition House (T House) is a residential home for 16-22-year-old males who have been in long-term residential programming and are continuing treatment in a less restrictive, transitional setting. The program helps youth with complex behavioral, mental health, and substance use needs by offering individual and family therapy, vocational/educational support, and service coordination for each resident.
The T House contracts with the Department for Children and Families (DCF) which refers youth to the program.
For information about a PREA safe environment at Transition House, please click here.