Victory House Ermergency Shelter Substance Abuse Counseling Services - Bethlehem, PA

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314 Filmore St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
: (610) 691-3373

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Description: Emergency Homeless Shelter. Victory house has 40-beds.


Emergency Shelter and Stabilization
The Victory House facility includes emergency shelter dorms where men who access this service have forty-five days to determine if the program will meet the needs of their situation. During this period, residents create realistic short-term goals, must attend meetings and group life skills education and assist in house chores. Once accepted into the program, men move into dorm rooms housing four beds and begin the complete case management process.

Food and Meals
While at Victory House, clients are provided three meals each day as well as snacks. Food is selected for nutritional value and is a part of beginning healthful habits in the residents.

Case Management
Once admitted to Victory House, there is an initial 45-day observation/orientation period which allows the client and Victory House staff to evaluate the likelihood of the individuals' participation in the program. Individual lengths of stays are determined by the clients' ability to participate in required programs and their individual goals.

During intake, clients are assigned to a case manager who oversees all aspects of their care. The case manager and client discuss the crisis, initiate services and benefits, and create an individual case management plan. The first priority is to address immediate issues and then work toward solutions to the problems which led to their homelessness.

The client is involved in the entire process and is responsible for developing personal goals toward self-sufficiency. The client and case manager meet weekly to measure progress, discuss goals, and review quality of care.

Mental Health Counseling
Many Victory House clients suffer from a mental health disorder and approximately 95% suffer from dual-diagnosis mental health disorders. Victory House partners with several mental health providers to ensure participants receive professional care to overcome and manage their affliction. These collaborative efforts allow clients to meet with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychologist or Psychiatric Nurse on a schedule determined appropriate for their needs.

Substance Abuse Support Groups
The Lehigh and Northampton County Drug and Alcohol Divisions collaborate with Victory House for substance abuse counseling services. Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors assist in off campus addictions support groups to teach our clients:
Abstinence and prevention strategies
Coping mechanisms that will assist them in the avoidance of alcohol and drugs.
How to discuss their problem with others to heal from the effects caused by their illness over time
Health Care
Clients of Victory House access medical care at an on-site health center. A nurse is available three days each week, meeting with clients by appointment or walk-in visit. She also conducts a comprehensive health assessment for each client to identify emergency medical needs or chronic conditions that require continuous management. She coordinates care, manages medications, and makes referrals for additional medical and mental health needs. Finally, the nurse provides monthly group education programs on topics pertinent to the homeless such as general hygiene, nutrition, and communicable diseases.

Clients receive additional medical care through volunteer, bi-monthly hours from Dr. Eric Kane of Lehigh Valley Family Practice. Since the inception of his services in 2005, Dr. Kane has treated hundreds of clients with conditions ranging from skin problems, infections, and abscesses to diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and coronary artery disease.

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