Programs & Services

TRANSITIONS’ MISSION

To engage and equip homeless adults of the Midlands to transition into stability and permanent housing.

No one else in the Midlands offers both residential and day services to homeless adults, both men and women. Transitions offers an unequaled combination of services, resources and benefits:

The only center to provide homeless adults both day services with a place to spend the day and residential services

The only facility that accepts both men and women without children

The first Homeless Court in the state

The only facility to offer bathrooms, showers, computers, classes and laundry facilities to both residents and non residents

The most comprehensive homeless jobs program

The most meals cooked and served

Degreed case managers for all case-management services

The most beds – 260 – in one location

4-Star rating from Charity Navigator

HOUSING

260 Beds

There is often a wait list for a bed. Until a bed is available, we do offer daily access to all of our programs and services to homeless men and women using our Day Center.

There are 3 types of beds available:

1Emergency: 82 Beds (51 Male, 31 Female)

A person may stay in an emergency bed for up to 30 days. During that time, they receive on-site services, assistance & 3 meals a day. By the end of the 30 days, the resident must decide if they’re ready to move into a Program bed & start working towards getting their life on track & moving towards independence & self-sufficiency.

2Program: 114 beds (84 male, 30 Female)

These beds are available to men and women who are committed to developing the skills they need to secure employment and to overcoming any medical or addiction issues that are preventing them from becoming self-sufficient.

3Extended Program: 64 Beds

These smaller rooms with just 4 beds and semi-private bathrooms are designated for specific programs described below, and for clients showing exceptional progress in working and saving money so they can transition back into the community.

How to receive a bed

Clients may call the center or sign up at the Reception Desk in the Day Center. Family members or friends may call the center on behalf of a homeless person seeking a bed. Clients can be referred by staff, outreach workers, and partner agencies.

Eligibility to receive a bed (Adults 18 and older):

1 Clients must be able to perform all activities of daily living without assistance. That means they need to be able to bath, dress themselves, monitor their own medications, and enter the Day Center for meals.

2A person who has a criminal conviction for sexual assault and is listed on either the National Registry of Sex Offenders or Richland County Sex Offenders list is ineligible to stay at Transitions. However, they may use the Day Center.

OUTREACH INTO THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY

To identify and proactively engage people who are living on the street, Transitions has an Outreach Coordinator who goes daily to areas around town where we know homeless people tend to congregate. The Coordinator tries to engage and encourage those people to come use the Day Center.

MEALS AVAILABLE EVERYDAY

At Transitions, we serve 3 meals a day to residents. If a client has a job and will not be on-site for a meal, we prepare a sack lunch or dinner which they can take with them to work.

For non-residents who are spending the day at Transitions, we serve a mid-day lunch.

Meals are prepared by our partner, The Salvation Army, in our kitchen. The meals are then served by volunteers. Meals are served 365 days a year.

In addition to the meal, we also offer a fresh salad bar 5 days a week, as part of dinner. Fresh produce is provided to Transitions by McEntire Produce and Clayton Rawl Farms.

Our menus are prepared to be as nutritious as possible. In addition to purchasing basic food supplies, we incorporate food that is donated on a weekly basis from Whole Foods, Starbucks, Publix and Costco. Fort Jackson and USC Dining facility are also part of our Food Recovery Program and we pick up food and produce from the Fort 3 days a week, in our refrigerated food van.

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