Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program Gives abused women the chance to make a fresh start – with the tools they need for their families to thrive.
El Nido (Spanish for the Nest) is a safe, confidential place where homeless women with children can heal from trauma, gain new knowledge and job skills, and become financially solvent. This program offers families stable housing and supportive services while clients move towards self-sufficiency.
Capacity: 45 beds
HOW IT WORKS
Residents live in an 11-unit apartment complex for up to 12 months and, with the assistance of social workers, obtain the counseling, child care, employment, educational and transportation services they need to become self-sufficient. Each of the units is beautifully furnished by a local congregation.
Secure, confidential, independent living environment
Ongoing case management
Access to individual and group counseling
Positive & supportive program staff and volunteers
Referrals to legal assistance
Budget planning and life skills coaching
Housing search assistance
Call the El Nido Program at (619) 563-9878 and the staff will complete a phone screening with you and describe the program in detail.
Raised in a violent household, the cycle of domestic violence (DV) continued in Gladys’ marriage. After 19 years of fear and violence, during a particularly terrifying episode when she feared for her life, Gladys filed her first police report. After that, it took one year of counseling and support groups for her to leave him.
Walking away with nothing but her children was the most courageous thing she had ever done.
After two months in a secure DV emergency shelter, Gladys and her children arrived at ISN’s El Nido transitional housing Program. With the help of her case manager, Gladys began to envision and plan for an entirely new life. She and her children attended family therapy and grew closer. Gladys learned to manage her time and money. She found employment as a care giver at a nursing home, and after nine months in the program was approved for an affordable apartment.
Right after I met and married what I thought was a nice, supportive man, he suddenly changed the way he treated me. I couldn’t contact my friends or family. He told me to wear clothes three sizes too big, and not to wear makeup.
We had two children, but the relationship continued to deteriorate. He started to make verbal threats. However, I thought that DV was physical violence only, and I had to keep the family together. During the last three years of our relationship, it escalated to violence.
A CPS worker told me to go to an emergency shelter for my family’s safety. Then were accepted into El Nido and things started to change fast. Through family therapy, my children and I learned to communicate. Currently I’m filing for divorce. My children have started supervised visits with their dad, but now, they are able to talk and share their emotions with me.
I have a two-bedroom apartment in downtown San Diego. I upgraded my car, have a savings account, and managed to obtain child support. I am a survivor, and still learning every day, but without programs like this I would not have accomplished all these things. More important, I have my family; me and my two children and finally I am proud of my accomplishments.