Volunteer Life-Coaches work one-on-one with low-income program participants twice a month for a year. After 4 hours of initial training, they commit to 4-6 hours of 1:1 coaching per month. Life-coaches are compassionate, open to learning, know how to handle challenging situations, and eager to coach an adult program participant to establish a pathway to economic self-sufficiency. A background check is required. Interviews will begin in February 2019 for a March 11, 2019 program start. Trainings will be starting during March. Click here to learn more about Mobility Mentoring.
The UCAN Club (Understanding Cooking and Nutrition)
The goal is to teach the families cooking and meal-planning skills they can take with them when they leave the shelter. Based on the assumption that families might not have access to a full kitchen once they leave, the classes will demonstrate how healthy meals can be made on a hot plate, in a crock pot or other implements that simply plug into a wall.
The Brisben Center maintains full-time living quarters for 80 people: 20 for single women, 28 for single men, and 32 in eight family units, including children. The average length of stay is 40-60 days. The shelter stays full or nearly full, serving those from across the Greater Fredericksburg region who have been displaced from their homes.