PO Box 260669
Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corporation offers shelter, food, clothing, medical and mental health care, case management, drug counseling, entitlement assistance, education and housing services.
The Emergency Shelter is a year-round program, open daily from 4pm to 8am. Most of the individuals served are under-employed, or unemployed, ineligible for financial benefits and poorly educated. Many have serious mental or physical health problems, substance abuse issues and are estranged from their families. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, a hot, healthy meal to eat, and access to numerous services including showers, laundry, substance use and mental health counseling, medical services, transportation assistance, entitlement assistance, and comprehensive case management, in addition to clothing.
The Street Outreach Program, in operation since 1990, employs staff who travels daily in a van providing essential services to those who are chronically homeless and living in the streets, under bridges, in parks or in abandoned buildings. The outreach team works first to establish trust with individuals by offering food, blankets and friendship. With consistent visits and time, trust is established, assessments are made and referrals to case management, health and counseling services are offered.
The Permanent Supportive Housing Program operates under a Housing First Model, which based on recent research shows that permanent supportive housing is the most effective and cost efficient service model for the chronically homeless population. Our program moves individuals directly from the streets and shelters into their own homes, providing intensive and inter-connected case management services to each client in their own home setting. "Home" is then not something "earned" over time, but a human right and a foundation through which fragile, broken and vulnerable individuals can, with supports, begin to focus on personal paths of recovery. Currently, ICSHC provides intensive case management services to approximately 140 individuals who are housed in their own apartments throughout Hartford, as well as in project based Casa de Francisco, which is operated by ICSHC.
The Education and Employment Program - Through this program, employment options and supports are offered to Immaculate clients by the case management staff, who refer clients to the existing job training and employment network in Hartford. Immaculate also has a computer lab which offers individuals who have failed in most other settings the opportunity to succeed with curricula that are designed to meet individual needs. Individual tutorials are offered in the following areas: GED, ESL, Basic Adult Education, computer and typing skills, job search and resume writing.