The Siemer Institute promotes two-generation approaches, known as the 2Gen approach, that meet the needs of children and adults simultaneously to foster academic success and break the cycle of poverty. We focus on the entire family and align services that meet their needs to support their success.
Case management lies at the foundation of our initiatives. In our family case management program, families meet one-on-one with a trusted, compassionate professional who can guide them out of crisis and into stability. Case managers work intensely with families for up to 18 months to create a plan for the family to stabilize and thrive.
The Siemer Institute begins by establishing housing stability for each family to prevent them from experiencing unplanned moves. After addressing the immediate crisis, our families set goals, acquire financial management skills, and identify opportunities to enhance their income. Most families learn effective budgeting to maximize their resources, while others set aside savings for unexpected circumstances, and some pursue education, such as obtaining a GED or technical training to increase their earnings. Our partners empower families to thrive through a holistic 2Gen approach, which means addressing the needs of parents, caregivers and children. This approach helps families set and achieve meaningful goals with support from dedicated case managers and other staff.
Families come to us on the edge of eviction and in crisis. At the Siemer Institute, we know that children living in stable homes led by thriving families benefit from more opportunities for success. Our partners also offer access to academic supports, healthcare, mentoring, and many other services that meet the needs of low income students.