Our two-generational approach is a permanent solution to homelessness and poverty.
In 2019, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness reported that 300 families were homeless in Albuquerque. By working with 8% of this population annually and helping these families successfully reintegrate into our community, Saranam is solving a serious issue for our community. These vulnerable families face economic and social issues that make it hard to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty including:
Lack of affordable housing
Low educational attainment rates
Low pay scale
Shortage of mental health resources
Rising childcare costs
Succeeding one family at a time Saranam’s two-generational, residential program, and integrated services – housing, education, and community – help families escape from homelessness and poverty permanently with a proven 77% success rate. Many programs addressing homelessness focus on immediate needs such as shelter, food, or addiction treatment. We work holistically, tackling the causes of homelessness and poverty by working with the entire family over time.
When families exit from Saranam, most adults have earned their GED and some post-secondary or vocational training and education. After all, increased education leads to better employment opportunities and more stable families.
Saranam’s measures of success
When families transition to independent living, we evaluate their progress using these questions. To exit successfully, a family must meet at least three measures of success:
Housing: Has the family moved into stable housing?
Education: Have the adult members of the family significantly improved their level of education?
Employment: Are the adult members of the family employed?
Life Skills Management: Have the adult members of the family significantly improved their ability to manage life?
Children/Parenting: Have the parents improved their parenting skills?
Major Barriers to Stability: Have the adult members of the family addressed the major barriers to their family stability?
Saranam’s Success by the Numbers
17 — Years of Service
142 — Families who have exited from Saranam
154 – Adults served
298 – Children served
Alumni Families – We are in touch with 76% of families we have served.