Social Services Program
The Social Services Program provides a “second home” for survivors in a warm, caring environment where they can begin to heal. The program is staffed by mental health professionals and interns to meet the needs of survivors in living in the metropolitan Washington DC area. Social Services and all TASSC departments utilize the trauma-informed strength-based technique, which focuses on survivors’ resilience and ability to forge a better future for themselves.
The services include clinical case management, workforce development, English classes, Life Skills Workshops and in-house referrals to legal and psychological services. TASSC refers survivors to partners in its professional network including medical doctors and housing agencies. More than 300 survivors received services in 2015.
Seven computers are provided for survivors to research jobs, education or news from home. There is a gathering place where they can meet other survivors where coffee, tea and lunch is available. Survivors can find winter coats, boots and gloves as well as professional attire at our clothing station.
Clinical Case Management
Clinical case managers develop “wellness plans” with survivors that focus on their strengths and a path for them to reach their goals. Survivors are connected to food, shelter, psychological, legal and medical services. As one survivor said: “When everything in my life is falling apart, my case manager is there to support me, find me a doctor, a place to live, listen to my pain and make me feel safe.”
The Social Services team helps survivors identify their short and long-term employment goals. It assists them in developing their resumes, connects them to potential jobs and prepares them for job interviews. Finding a job is often a survivor’s first priority after receiving a work permit. Job and education fairs are held for survivors to meet employers and learn about educational opportunities. If you are an employer wishing to hire survivors or participate in a job fair, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a survivor looking for employment opportunities and resources, click here to see our Jobs Page.
Life Skills sessions are offered on a regular basis to help survivors manage stress and provide survivors with practical knowledge and skills. Topics have included banking, accessing health career, career development, volunteering, obtaining a driver’s License, housing options and “Knowing Your Legal Rights” as an asylum-seeker.
TASSC provides free classes every week in conversational English as a Second Language (ESL) and referrals to free and low-cost English classes in the Washington, D.C. area. Our classes use subjects that help survivors learn both language and culture in the United States. Topics focused on include greeting others, transportation, navigating the DMV, how to order food, how to communicate with a bank teller, talking about sports, how to get help in an emergency, discussing your needs at doctor’s visits, and how to excel at an interview. Classes are designed to be a safe space to try new words and ask any questions about the English language as well as its use in American culture.