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ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILES

Our House

Our House provides the working homeless (families and individuals) with safe, clean, comfortable housing; food; free child care; education; and job training in order that they may return to independence and lead productive lives. Our House operates an 80- bed shelter, a 39-bed family housing program (18 family rooms), an education and job training center, a free childcare center, and a feeding program that serves over 45,000 meals per year.

Our House also offers additional free services that help people transform their lives. Services include addiction recovery groups, after school programs, parenting classes and job search assistance. Our House programs help people become successful members of the workforce, the community, and their own families. It is also the only homeless facility in Arkansas that allows single fathers to live in a shelter with their children.

Our House serves the entire state of Arkansas.Residentsandprogramparticipants come from all parts of the state to access the comprehensive services provided by the organization. For more information about Our House, go to their website at

www.ourhouseshelter.org.

Oasis Center

Oasis Center works to help young people overcome serious challenges that prevent them from transitioning into a healthy adulthood. They are committed to partnering with young people to address these challenges, including homelessness, violence, depression and low self-esteem, disconnection, and failing schools.

Oasis is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and the majority of youth come from Metropolitan Nashville and surrounding counties, although there are no geographical boundaries to services. Services are primarily available to youth ages 12- 17; however, they serve youth experiencing homelessness through the age of 21.

The organization’s success depends upon its ability to provide a foundation of caring and supportive relationships through which young people can:

  • be emotionally and physically safe;

  • experience a sense of significance, belonging and connection; and

  • have opportunities to show generosity and work for a more just community.

For more information about the Oasis Center, go to their website at www.oasiscenter.org.

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association

The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) is a youth-led, youth organizing and development, community-based organization in New

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