An extensive intake procedure and background check is conducted for each student placed in a Host Home. Harbor Hope Center works closely with Communities In Schools (a student advocacy agency that works with the Peninsula School District) to review the backgrounds of each student and match them with a Host Home.
Each student’s intake procedure is conducted by a licensed social worker assigned to manage that student’s case until graduation. As part of the intake procedure the social worker working with the student identifies three key areas of education or mentoring need. The social worker then sets goals with the student to receive special training, education or mentoring to strengthen the student’s abilities in these key areas of need.
For example, they are provided a trained volunteer mentor to address issues such as tutoring, healthcare needs, personal hygiene education, reconciliation with family counseling, how to apply for a job, psychological counseling, etc. The social worker follows up by phone with the student weekly and meets with the student and Host Home provider in person once a month to monitor progress and resolve any issues that may have come up.