Reno Works & Community Health Alliance
By Patrick Rogers
Community Health Alliance works in partnership with many different agencies in Northern Nevada, to bring and enhance services and improve the quality of life of many Northern Nevada residents. One of the programs we are most proud of is the partnership with The City of Reno and Volunteers of America who run the “Reno Works” program, an intensive training program for a select number of residents experiencing homelessness. The program teaches many needed skills to get participants back on their feet, including job skills, financial literacy training, interviewing, housing, etc. CHA assists by offering two groups for the program. The firsts focuses on managing overwhelming emotions and addiction issues through a “process group” setting, allowing participants to focus inwards on finding better more healthy ways to manage stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. The second group directly addresses the process of change. The participants are going through significant change to make their lives better, more successful, and stable. This group discusses the internal process of change to avoid self sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, manage the uncomfortable feeling of change, recognizing pitfalls and triggers that lead to failure, and how to allow ourselves to celebrate success. Upon graduation, each graduate will receiving housing assistance and continued case management support to ensure long term success.
CHA is honored to work with these individuals, the City of Reno and Volunteer of America to make such a profound difference in the lives of each participant. Can anything match the satisfaction of seeing someone move from homelessness to finding full time work and housing, move from hopelessness to feeling of continual opportunity and confidence?