MONICA’S HOUSE

Monica's House is an outreach program for single mothers and fathers and their children in Gwinnett County, living in zip codes 30096 and 30024.

About the program

Monica's House is a volunteer-based program operating under the auspices of the local St. Monica's Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference. Monica's House seeks to break the cycle of homelessness, family by family.

Monica's House has the ability to support up to six families in their outreach program. Families are chosen from clients that call the SVdP help line at 678-892-6163.

We change lives by…

Helping families to get back on their feet with monthly assistance on the following area(s), the amount of which is determined by what the financial need actually is:

  • Rent

  • Food/groceries

  • Child care

  • Utilities

  • Insurance/transportation

  • Any other usual and customary expenses deemed necessary

  • Providing a clean, warm place to sleep

  • Providing warm meals and all the comforts of a home

  • Providing educational opportunities 

    • Goal setting and decision making class

    • Basic computer training

    • Nutrition and food shopping

    • Budgeting classes

  • Providing employment assistance

  • Providing emotional support

  • Providing a viable plan with goals and objectives

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Prerequisites

To determine who qualifies for assistance, Monica's House looks for several key factors:

  1. A single mother (or father) must be on the verge of homelessness

  2. Must have current residence and be able to show that within a 6-12 month period, with help from a mentor, life skills classes and financial assistance, she (or he) will be able to get back on her (his) feet and provide for herself (himself).

  3. Must show the potential to increase income through employment and public benefits

- Be willing to engage in education or training to pursue employment

  • Single women, without children in their care, who are willing to act responsibly and who have a strong desire to become self-reliant.

  • Must not be a user of alcohol or drugs.

  • Must be willing and able to work hard to change her own life.

  • Must be a legal resident of the U.S. or be actively seeking permanent residency (proof required).

  • Must be willing to live in peaceful coexistence with other women in the program.

  • Must be willing to comply with the precepts of the SVdP Temporary Housing Program.

For more information, contact Laura Gibbs at

770-425-2939

Mailing address:

SVDP House of Dreams

c/o St. Thomas the Apostle

4300 Kings Springs Road

Smyrna, GA 30082

How You Can Help

The House of Dreams is managed exclusively by volunteers. If you would like to make a difference in your community, consider getting involved in this wonderful cause. Volunteer positions include mentors, apartment inspectors, administrative/clerical, fundraising, screeners, employment assistants, counseling, spiritual advisors and nutritionist. 

Your financial support also helps us offset the expenses related to the upkeep of the House of Dreams. Please consider supporting this program so we can continue our mission of helping homeless women become self-reliant again. Your contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Do you have a client that might qualify for this program?

House of Dreams accepts referrals from other Conferences. Just call and leave a message, keeping in mind these minimum requirements:

  • Homeless Female - 25yrs or older, who is working or looking for work.

  • We are unable to help with physical, mental or emotional issues, criminal history or alcohol/drug addictions.

  • Maximum beds available - 8