About Elijah Family Homes

Who We Are

Elijah Family Homes (EFH) is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to create an inclusive environment for staff, volunteers, and clients of all of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran or active duty status. Elijah Family Homes believes all individuals are worthy, valuable, and deserving of respect and services.

We aim to ensure that all families with children in Benton and Franklin Counties, regardless of substance abuse history, are given the opportunity to make unique and valuable contributions to the community while being self-sufficient and stably housed.

Elijah Family Homes supports self-sufficiency through stable-housing and case management services by administering two programs:

  •  The Transition to Success (TTS) program provides families safe, stable, affordable housing and supportive services in the form of highly individualized case management for up to 3 years. These services are provided without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. The TTS program works with low-income families who don’t qualify for public housing due to their past, including felonies and drug abuse. It is a three-year endeavor with the first year’s focus being on basic life skills, while in years two and three the clients are being directed in goal setting, job skills development, personal finance, and transitional skills for self-sufficiency.

 

  •  The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) serves women who used substances during pregnancy. The primary goal of PCAP is to prevent future births of alcohol or drug exposed children. It is also a three-year endeavor with the first year’s focus being on basic life skills, while in years two and three the clients are being directed in goal setting, job skills development, and transitional skills for self-sufficiency. The program also focuses on improving parenting skills, maintaining a home, and personal finance.

Mission

Elijah Family Homes fosters hope, dignity and self-sufficiency through stable housing and supportive services for families seeking recovery.

Vision

All families with children in Benton and Franklin Counties, regardless of substance abuse history, make unique and valuable contributions to the community while self-sufficient and stably housed.

Background

There are many families throughout the Tri-Cities whose income is below 50% of the poverty level and who live long-term with children in homelessness or transient/temporary housing because they do not qualify for public housing due to activity during periods of active addiction.

History

Elijah Family Homes began as a faith-based group that started at Christ the King Church. Clients are not required to hold any particular religious beliefs or to participate in any religious services. We are not affiliated with any church or denomination.

Our Clients

Our Clients

EFH tenants are a special population in need of services. They include families in which:

  • Children & parents have experienced trauma
  • Children, once removed from their parents’ care, are now reunited
  • Parents often lack a supportive family safety net
  • Families have often experienced multiple generations of poverty, substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and poor education
Community Impact

Community Impact

  • We have maintained financial growth through fiscal responsibility.
  • We are the only Tri-Cities housing agency addressing this specific population and need.
  • We have increased our housing options from 1 housing unit to 12.
  • We have progressively increased our understanding of the needs of our clients and responded by refining and increasing the depth and number of our programs and services

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Volunteers are an integral part of Elijah Family Homes. Be a part of something big and give a helping hand in inspiring someone in need.

LEADERSHIP

All board member positions of Elijah Family Homes are filled by volunteers. Volunteers offer time, talents and experience to develop plans and manage Elijah Family Homes.  Their diverse backgrounds — accounting, law, libraries, management, marketing, public relations, real estate, social work, state/federal agencies, teaching  – bring skills that greatly enhance EFH.

Board of Directors

Brenda Bamford

President

Jason Jones

Treasurer

Michelle Hara

Secretary, Past President

Haley Johnson

Director & Volunteer Coordinator

Judy Dirks

Director

Past Secretary, Past President

Anh Mai-Windle

Director

Dawn King

Director

EFH Staff

EFH Admin Team

EFH Office: (509) 943-6610

Matthew West

Executive Director

(509) 713-4364

mwest@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Geri Ortiz

Executive Assistant/Bookkeeper

(425) 802-5426

gortiz@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Transition to Success Program

TSS Program Office: (509) 943-6610

Carissa Lieberman

Program Director

(509) 713-4181

clieberman@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Hilary Arnzen

Case Manager

(509) 713-0773

Harnzen@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Tim Flaten

Maintanence Manager

(509) 943-6610

timflaten@gmail.com

PCAP Team

PCAP Office: 509-578-1501

Amanda Bracamonte

Clinical Supervisor

(509) 713-6072

abracamonte@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Cassandra Gonzalez

Case Manager

(509) 713-4989

cgodinez@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Joetta Gillihan

Case Manager

(509) 713-9909

jgillihan@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Carson Godinez

Case Manager

(509) 713-9905

cgonzalez@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Melani Gutierrez

Case Manager

(509) 713-9926

mgutierrez@elijahfamilyhomes.org

Veronica Thurman

Administrative Assistant

(509) 713-6471

vthurman@elijahfamilyhomes.org