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Healthy Homes: Accountability and Learning Skills

If we surveyed 100 people, I’m confident all 100 people would say they don’t like chores. Then why does Willis Dady require clients staying in shelter to complete community chores? Not only do chores keep the shelter clean, it also gives clients responsibility over their space and reinforces the importance of cleanliness itself. Having a clean space is one aspect that makes a healthy home, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

Things seen as “basic life skills” by some might not be a current priority or might have never been a priority for clients. Keeping up with chores is likely the furthest thing on their minds when they are looking for housing or applying for jobs. With all the transitions going on in a client’s life, it’s no wonder chores might fall to the wayside. I sat down with Willis Dady’s Shelter Manager, Faith Walker, to learn how clients are supported through this process.

Q: What is expected of clients when they first get to shelter? What kind of rules do they follow?

When clients first come in during the intake process, we go over the rules and expectations. It’s a lot of information to take in at once, so we don’t expect them to remember it all. Because of that, we have the chores and other expectations posted. Those other expectations include meeting regularly with thei