Housing, transportation and food services
SHIELDS operates 126 units of low-income housing for families enrolled in SHIELDS services. Residents receive substance abuse and mental health services, intensive case management, vocational support and life-skills training; making it much more than a home. Meeting a critical need in the community, each housing complex consistently runs at full capacity. Our housing programs are:
Keith Village – an 86-unit apartment complex in Compton. Keith Village is an oasis for families in need, featuring a community center, two playgrounds and a laundry facility. It is also home to our Exodus Family Day Treatment Program, one of our child development centers and our youth program.
Naomi Village & Saraii Village – two 20-unit complexes in Compton and Los Angeles. These complexes provide housing for substance-abusing and mentally ill individuals and families.
Our fleet of 20 vans transport families to SHIELDS programs and other needed services in the community. In addition, we operate a food bank and provide hot food, dry and canned food, and motel vouchers to families in need.
Vocational and Educational Services
SHIELDS’ program helps families acquire the skills they need to become employable and independent of government assistance. Our vocational and educational services assist clients in completing their high school diplomas and include computer training, job readiness, and certificated training programs, as well as job placement.
Since 1996, more than 450 SHIELDS clients have received high school diplomas. Also, we have provided computer literacy classes to more than 800 clients and found employment for more than 700 individuals in jobs paying above minimum wage, with an average salary of $10 to $12 per hour. Clients can choose among several job-training programs that provide certifications: fiber-optic technology, business office communications, medical billing, and medical coding.