OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HOMELESS PRENATAL PROGRAM
I stepped into the Homeless Prenatal Program’s offices and Sharon Bechtol, the Volunteer and Donations Manger, immediately greeted me with a warm smile and a big hug. “We were so excited when you reached out to us,” she said. As we walked towards her office, down halls covered in beautiful photos of the Homeless Prenatal Program’s clients, Sharon described all the ways she envisioned using technology. Several weeks later, they received iPads from Noviaris. Read more about their tech programs below.
Noviaris recently began its official iPad initiative with Homeless Prenatal Program, located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Known throughout the city for its incredibly impactful work, the Homeless Prenatal Program, abbreviated HPP, provides myriad resources to mothers and pregnant women. Through housing support, job training, and family planning, HPP builds safe and stable environments for the children of marginalized women.
The Homeless Prenatal Program will be using iPads for the Community Health Workers (CHW), an “intensive, 14-month paid job training program that prepares up to eight women at a time, most of whom are former HPP clients, for meaningful employment incareer fields that provide a path to financial security.” Participants in the CHW program will receive an iPad to use for assignments both at home and during training. At the close of the program, the participants will keep the iPads so that they continue to take advantage of the resources available online.
Tablets will also be given to the Triage Team, who “provide crisis intervention services to HPP families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, child welfare involvement, substance use, or other factors leading to family instability.” During drop-in hours, Triage members provide “brief assessment of [a family’s] needs, engage the family in a crisis counseling session as warranted, and provide appropriate referrals and follow-up services.” Tablets will be used not to save this information and track families’ progress, but to facilitate communication between the staff.
Lastly, the tablets will be integrated into the Homeless Prenatal Program’s library. Case managers will check out the devices and use them during in-home visits so that they can capture important information about the families. This information will them be used during a family’s important weekly meetings and evaluations.