Nielsen House Phone Number
Nielsen House Mission & Programs
Nielsen House serves homeless men with a criminal history who are entering the community from jail, in-patient facilities, the streets, and other homeless situations. Opened in January 2008, the House was named after Maureen Nielsen, a faithful volunteer at Spiritus Christi Church who tragically was murdered in Haiti.
The Nielsen House provides a safe and structured home environment for homeless men within Monroe County who are age 18 or older. Our acceptance criteria for men in the Nielsen House Program include an interview prior to admission. Interviews are scheduled by the Program Staff for men who are interested in either the visitation program at the Monroe County Jail or residency at the Nielsen House. The men who are accepted are required to live drug-free in a structured environment, and must be willing to receive chemical dependency evaluations and mental health evaluations, if necessary.
Residents with substance abuse and chemical dependency are encouraged to participate in a Twelve Step Program. In addition to weekly meetings and reflections, the community of the Nielsen House also offers the opportunity for residents to become mentors for other men battling substance abuse and mental health issues.
In addition to a warm bed and safe place to sleep, the Nielsen House is able to provide for residents’ basic needs with home-cooked meals, a clothing closet, and a well-stocked supply cupboard for toiletries and personal effects. Residents can expect twenty-four hour supervision and intensive case management services as well as personal and spiritual guidance.
Many of the men who live at the Nielsen House are fathers; however, most have been separated from their children due to incarceration, homelessness, and substance abuse issues. Once a father begins to address underlying traumas and adverse life experience that are at the root of his challenges and substance abuse, family reunification can greatly enhance his sense of well being, purpose, and provide a motivation for the challenging work of personal development.
Through our Family Reunification Program, we provide a safe and structured home environemnt for children to reunite with their fathers. In this way, we help to break the cycle of poverty and allow families to start the process of becoming whole once again.
The men of the Nielsen House are blessed to have access to an experienced recreation therapy instructor who engages with them weekly. Residents are able to enjoy meaningful workshops that consist of art, music, outdoor, and meditation activities. Recreation therapy provides the men with experiences that help strengthen the mind, body, and soul.