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ACHIEVING REUNIFICATION CENTER
714 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
A Program of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS)
in collaboration with Philadelphia Workforce Development Corporation (PWDC)
ARC VISION: All families with children in out-of-home placement have resources to achieve reunification through the provision of appropriate support services that ensure the child’s safety and strengthen the family’s ability to become stable and self-sufficient.
The Achieving Reunification Center (ARC) is a "one-stop" center designed to provide services to assist parents in overcoming barriers toward family reunification. All services focus on helping parents/caregivers address conflicting mandates especially those guided by child welfare, public benefits and workforce policies. ARC brings systems together to help parents/caregivers achieve positive outcomes.
On-site supports include, but are not limited to:
• Technology base learning (ABE/GED/ESL Education)
• Workforce Development
• Counseling, Support & Parent Education
• Housing & Financial Counseling
• Fatherhood Support
Computer skills are essential in today’s technology-driven workplace. The Achieving Reunification Center provides parents with easy access to state-of the-art computers
through on-site computer instruction and the Internet Resource Center.
• Instructional online software helps improve performance.
• Classes in basic computer operation, keyboarding and Microsoft Office software prepare parents for the workplace.
• Open lab sessions in the Internet Resource Center offer parents the opportunity to learn how to use e-mail and how to conduct an internet search. ARC parents can use the Internet Resource Center to connect to peers via the Internet and to strengthen their computer skills at their own pace.
The Achieving Reunification Center offer on-site employment services to help parents prepare for and connect to part-time and full-time employment. Services include:
• Support with education, training, employment assistance and assessments to TANF customers.
• Instruction on how to conduct a job search, employment assessment, prepare a resume, complete an employment application and interview successfully.
• Workshops and individual counseling regarding how to be successful employees, how to balance a job with a personal life, how to build relationships with supervisors and coworkers, and other “workplace survival skills.”
• Assistance with arranging interviews, transportation and acquiring appropriate workplace clothing to help portray a professional image.
• Linkages to job training and employment opportunities.
Everyone can use a positive influence in their lives. Parents at the Achieving Reunification Center are provided the opportunity to be matched with caring male and female mentors. The mentors listen to parents’ concerns, support them through the process and engage them in cultural/recreational opportunities. Mentors are:
• An unconditional friend.
• Positive role models
• A caring, responsible adult who is warm, flexible, open and creative.
COUNSELING, SUPPORT & PARENT EDUCATION
The Achieving Reunification Center offers parent a full range of services to parents/caregivers to help them create a positive home environment. Services include:
• Psycho-educational/support groups.
• Life skills workshops.
• Parenting Education.
• Parent-child family sessions.
• Individual support sessions.
• Brief assessments.
• Mental health referrals to agency site or neighboring area service unit.
• Specialized on-site visitation support using filial play therapy.
• Play therapy workshops.
• Management of behavioral health crisis at the center.
HOUSING AND FINANCIAL COUNSELING
Parents have a critical need for safe, stable, affordable housing. The Achieving Reunification Center provides educational and housing services to ensure that parents/caregivers have access to safe, decent, accessible, and affordable housing. Services include:
• Housing Counseling/Workshops
• Housing Inspections
• Eviction Defense Counseling
• Housing Identification
• Preparation of Housing Applications
• Instruction on reading leases and contracts.
• Advocacy regarding tenants’ right and responsibilities.
• Assistance in securing housing, including assistance with Section 8 and subsidized housing applications.
• Access to information and application assistance with public benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit, other tax credits, childcare assistance, credit counseling, and other financial planning and reunification issues related to finance.
The Achieving Reunification Centerunderstands that fathers play a critical role in the development and growth of their children and families. ARC offers fathers an opportunity to strengthen their
parenting skills to promote self-sufficiency and to maintain sustained relationships. Services include:
• Specialized life skills training designed for men
• Parenting training
• Health and nutrition classes
• Instruction on home management and home safety
• Promotion of personal development
• Linkage to community-based employment opportunities