2016 In Review
Enrollment: 136 total clients
- 92 new clients (entered services in this reporting fiscal year)
- 44 carry-over clients (entered services in previous fiscal year)
Length of Stay
- Total days enrolled: 15,200
- Average clients served per day: 42
- Average length of stay: 217
- Clients who exited that achieved stable, permanent housing: 91%
- 14 apartments
- 8 to new clients (entered offsite housing this reporting fiscal year)
- 6 carry-over clients (entered offsite housing in previous fiscal year)
- 19 clients
- 9 new clients (entered this reporting fiscal year)
- 10 carry-over clients (entered in previous fiscal year)
Household Composition: 113 total households
- 103 without children (108 clients)
- 10 families (28 clients)
Age and Gender
- 118 adults: 63 men and 55 women
- 18 children, including 10 boys and 8 girls
26 countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, The Gambia, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Palestine, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Sweden (child born there from mother from African country), Syria, Tajikistan, Uganda, United States (babies born to women while enrolled at Freedom House), Zimbabwe.
Program and Service Delivery Outcomes
Once enrolled at Freedom House, all clients work toward the following goals in order to achieve self-sufficiency:
- Submitting asylum application and gaining legal status
- Obtaining Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and securing employment
- Exiting Freedom House into stable, permanent housing
To help clients achieve these goals, program staff practices trauma-informed, client-centered case management designed to encourage client’s active involvement in the development of his or her case plan. Below are program and service delivery highlights that guide clients towards self-sufficiency.
- 14,172 total units of supportive services:
- 4,995 classes on cultural and ethnic enrichment, life skills, financial literacy, job preparation, education, and GED classes
- 3,121 English as a Second Language classes
- 2,689 healthcare appointments
- 2,855 total units of legal aid:
- 26 U.S. asylum applications submitted
- 6 interviews at our regional Asylum Office (Chicago, IL)
- 55 Employment Authorization Document applications submitted
- 16 asylum approvals
- 106 applications for Canadian refugee claimants
- 211 units of legal aid to Freedom House alumni
Our many partners and volunteers donate their skills, talents, and expertise to Freedom House. Volunteers facilitate new connections and deepen existing relationships with community and civic groups, faith communities, and schools and universities. This year, invaluable in-kind resources such as paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and food staples, helped sustain our day-to-day operations. Further, pro-bono professional services enabled Freedom House to continue to provide quality, comprehensive services free of charge to asylum seekers enrolled in our program. In 2016, 298 volunteers provided 6,486 total hours of service, including:
- 1,879 hours of English as a Second Language instruction
- 788 hours of administrative support
- 1,460 internship hours
- 835: Program department
- 625: Legal department
- 222 hours of medical health and wellness sessions
Freedom House is unique in its comprehensive approach to assisting those who seek asylum in the United States and Canada. We provide housing, food, clothing, legal aid, medical care, mental health care, English as a Second Language classes, education, job training, recreation, transportation, and offsite housing after asylum is gained.
Food and shelter
Each year hundreds of refugees arrive at Freedom House seeking shelter and support, usually with little more than the clothes they are wearing. We do not turn away anyone who is eligible for asylum.
Freedom House staff provides refugees with help with applications for U.S. asylum, legal and safe entry to Canada, and family reunification.
Many refugees arrive at Freedom House highly traumatized both physically and mentally. Freedom House offers extensive social services, including medical and mental health care, to help residents begin to heal and acculturate.
Education and job training
Freedom House helps residents develop marketable skills and employment plans that enable them to be financially independent by the time they leave our program.
Residents who have won asylum may receive continued support as they progress toward financial independence. We help our clients with rent, household establishment, and other tasks as they adapt to their new country.
Freedom House is committed to educating the public about the plight of refugees. Staff, board members, residents and volunteers speak to a wide variety of organizations and entities, and we welcome cultural exchanges and site visits.
Notice to clients: Freedom House participates in the Michigan Statewide Homeless Management Information System (MSHMIS). We collect personal information directly from you for reasons that are discussed in our privacy statement. We may be required to collect some personal information by law or by organizations that give us money to operate this program. Other personal information that we collect is important to run our programs, to improve services for homeless persons, and to better understand the needs of homeless persons. We only collect information that we consider to be appropriate. The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality. A copy of our Privacy Notice describing our privacy practice is available to all consumers upon request. - Public Notice (Federal Register / Vol. 69, No. 146 / Friday, July 30, 2004)