The Support, Education, Empowerment & DirectionS (SEEDs) program is a transitional housing project of the National Advocacy & Training Network. SEEDs was established in January 2003 to address the unmet needs of battered and sexually abused women. The program is a community-based, safe, sober living environment committed to the physical, mental, and emotional healing of women whose lives have been affected by substance abuse and violence. SEEDs has always remained adaptive to under-served and special populations with domestic violence and sexual assault issues, such as veterans, indigenous women, and women exiting prison.  Since 2011, SEEDs has proudly maintained two homes in the community to include women with children.

The Marilyn, Susan, Diane and Jeanne residences, located in Mesa and Chandler, provide women with a bridge from residential/institutional programs to independent living. The environment is designed to reflect real life, providing a near-independent living setting within a structured framework, sharing chores, cooking, and utilizing each other for support through house meetings. The program staff, advocates, volunteers, and mentors provide support services and assist the survivors in prioritizing goals to help strengthen self-esteem, self-direction and dignity. Many survivors build long-term friendships, stay connected, and return as volunteers.

Women participating in the SEEDs program receive advocacy and support to include assessment, goal planning, ongoing case management and transition planning utilizing the Arizona self-sufficiency matrix, and relevant best practice tools.

Supportive services include:

  • individual advocacy as well as attend weekly house meetings, recovery and support groups
  • access to education and/or job training opportunities
  • workforce development services
  • life skills (financial management, parenting, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • mentoring
  • Clothesline Group (domestic violence and sexual assault education)
  • legal advocacy and assistance
  • assistance in working towards reunification with their children
  • medical/dental assistance
  • life mapping
  • referral

SEEDs collaborates with government and existing community based services, utilizing all the necessary resources to assist the women in accomplishing their goals, staying safe and maintaining their sobriety. Women and their children can remain in SEEDs transitional housing for up to two years while they seek permanent housing, become secure in their emotional recovery, maintain sobriety, and establish support networks.

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