Project CATCH - Community Action Target Children who are Homeless - a program of The Salvation Army, founded in 2011, is a collaborative case management model that provides youth focused services to children ages 0 – 18 years old experiencing homelessness. Through our collaborative, families are connected to resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development.
* case management
* psychosocial and developmental screenings for every child
* connections to mental health providers
* referral for basic needs
* child-care referrals
* parenting support
* school enrollment i.e. IEP
Services are provided to youth and families residing in Wake County experiencing homelessness as defined by McKinney-Vento.
McKinney-Vento defines homelessness as:
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence i.e.
* living in motels/hotels
* doubled up -sharing a home with another family due to economic hardship or loss of housing
* living in a shelter
* living in cars/parks/campgrounds/abandoned building
* living under bridges, bus stations
* unaccompanied homeless youth
Circle of Parents
Circle of Parents is a program of Project CATCH of the Salvation Army of Wake County and sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse NC. Circle of Parents is a parent-led and professionally facilitated parent and child support group that gives parents the opportunity to share in each other’s challenges and successes while developing a network of support. It is a place to talk, listen, share ideas and gain access to resources relevant to parenting. Circle of Children provides social and emotional skill-building programming to children while their parents attend the adult sessions. Circle of Parents offers meetings free of charge and is available to parents and children who are experiencing homelessness or are transitioning into housing in Wake County. For information about Circle of Parents, please contact Beth Tillett.
For information about volunteering with our Children’s Circles, please contact Marcia Redd here.
For more information on how to get involved with Project CATCH:
Project CATCH Purpose Statement:
To ensure families experiencing homelessness in Wake County have access to a coordinated system of care
that nurtures the health, well-being and success of their children.
"I don't know where we'd be without Project CATCH." - Local mom of five
Project CATCH is a collaborative case management model that is completely unique to Raleigh, North Carolina. Project CATCH provides services and advocates for children experiencing homelessness and works with 11 area homeless shelters and programs to ensure that they are able to correctly identify and address the specific needs of the children in their care. By working closely with partner agencies, Project CATCH meets the needs of over 300 homeless children ages 0-18 years old in Wake County per year.
In addition to providing services and case management to children, Project CATCH also provides monthly community engagement meetings and trauma trainings to inform the parents of various process and opportunities to benefit their children. Project CATCH has another component, Circle of Parents, a child abuse prevention program that addresses the stresses faced by parents experiencing homelessness. Project CATCH is the lead partner agency for the More Than a Roof Collaborative.
Learn more about the More Than a Roof Collaborative.