Prayer House Family (PHF)

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Prayer House Family (PHF)  promotes and strengthens the family through family life education programs and counseling programs.

We help families know hygiene, about malaria plus cleaning wells where they get water and compounds which to prevent them from getting malaria, snake bites etc

We would like to offer:

1   Counseling Service

Which will Provide individual counseling, couples counseling and family counseling

  • Groups and workshops to facilitate personal growth and family life / relationships
  • Nobody's Perfect Group: a six session program to help parents understand and deal with their parenting concerns in health, safety, mental development and behavioral problems of their children
  • Parenting After Separation: 3.5-hour workshop provides education and information to separated/ separating parents
  • Teens-Parents Support Group: mutual support group meets bi-weekly for parents with children over 12 years of age to share the challenges of parenting and to identify effective parenting strategies
  • Men's Support Group: a mutual support for men that meets bi-weekly to discuss sources of stress and to enhance their wellness in a supportive group environment.

2)       Reaching Out: Think Family

This work is now being taken forward by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, including management of PHF

Reaching Out: 

It will clearly show the dramatic impact that parent based family circumstances have on the outcomes and life chances of children. It demands a more family focused approach from PHF group that work with adults and those that work with children.

It looks at the most excluded 2% of families who have not been lifted by the rising tide of living standards and increased opportunity, and who remain in poverty with complex needs, multiple problems and low aspiration.

This is the first part of the review, which sets out the analysis and emerging themes, with full policy recommendations to come out after the summer. PHF is here to setting down a marker that substantial change is needed in the way we work with these most at risk families who need a targeted, specialized, whole families approaches. It is also about making sure the different parts of the system around families work together.

Our transformation in children's services is having an impact on the opportunities of our most disadvantaged children. We want to build on this success by tackling the problems that the adults in the family face and which have such damaging consequences for the children.

The vast majority of families are a source of strength and protection. However, they can also face challenges. Parental and wider family problems such as poverty, parental workless ness, lack of qualifications, parental mental health, substance abuse, poor housing, and contact with the criminal justice system can cast a shadow that spans whole life times and indeed passes down the generations. These family experiences can limit aspiration, reinforce cycles of poverty, and provide poor models of behavior that can impact on a child's development and well being, with significant costs for public services and the wider community. They damage the ability of children to build up resilience to problems or to benefit from the opportunities they are given.

At the moment adults' services don't sufficiently take account of the implications for the family when, say, an adult is taken into prison or has mental health problems.

PHF wants to extend the benefits of the Every Child Matters approach, which has a common vision, clear accountability, joined up working, information sharing and core processes and assessments. We want to broaden this approach to the whole family so that adults' and children's services work together to tackle the root causes of street life that often lay in the difficulties of their parents.

This is about early intervention; breaking the cycle that is passed down the generations, by tackling the drivers in the wider family environment that contribute to poor outcomes for the children and for child poverty. It is also about never giving up on families and looking for every opportunity to support them.

PHF sets out a vision for a more coherent, effective, personal, problem solving approach to excluded families to enable them to transform their life chances and break the cycle for their children.

3)      PHF Nurse Partnership

The PHF Nurse Partnership (PHF-NP) is a joint Department of Health/Department for Children, Schools and Families project that is testing a model of intensive, nurse-led home visiting for vulnerable, first time, young parents. PHF-NP nurses visit parents from early pregnancy until the child is two years old, building a close, supportive relationship with the whole family and guiding mothers to adopt healthier lifestyles, improve their parenting skills, and become self-sufficient. The program is voluntary and has been taken up by 20 per cent of the families that are next to PHF

Prioritizing the most disadvantaged adults

The PHF will help to ensure that the most at-risk individuals are given the opportunity to get back onto the path to success, and sets out some key outcome targets that the family and its partners are committed to achieving over the coming three-year spending period.

4)       Feeding Families

One child told me: "I like getting Food Share. Sometimes we don't have any food. Also, my Mom sometimes doesn't have money to buy food."

One challenge we face at PHF, as we strive for a food secure, is identifying those most in need. Knowing that our children are our future, and that children cannot learn and develop optimally when they are hungry, Community Food Share is focusing one direct service program specifically on families with children in the School Free Lunch program (i.e. families living in poverty).

We would like to help Families?

PHF would like to provide apartments and volunteer mentors to homeless families. PHF has NO administrative expenses, so we would like to raise money that will help the homeless. Some people believe that homelessness is self-induced or somehow that the family is at fault. Those who have had the opportunity to get to know homeless families have discovered that sometimes people are working as hard as they can, and still cannot afford a place to live. While the circumstances surrounding each family's housing crisis is different, there is one universal truth: These parents are deeply concerned about their children and truly believe that they can, with our help, provide a better life for them.

How does PHF find these families?
Only families that are drug-free and have removed themselves from their domestic violence situation are eligible. Our families generally have very specific goals they would like to accomplish during their time with us, such as completion of a big farm harvest and a   happy marriage. The families are typically in the program for two years and the goal is to achieve self-sufficiency through education so that they can be productive and contributing members of our community.

When You're In Over Your Head

Here's when to refer a person to a professional or supportive group or agency:

  1. when you feel persistently uncomfortable;
  2. when you believe that improvement is "impossible" or the situation is "hopeless;"
  3. when the person says, "nothing is helping" or what you provide the person isn't helping;
  4. there is obvious or unusual changes in speech, appearance, or behavior, including memory confusion or hallucinations or delusions;
  5. the person continues to be so emotional he or she cant communicate;
  6. there is ongoing deterioration of life (social and physical);
  7. all the person discusses are physical complaints;
  8. substance abuse;
  9. threats of self harm or harm to others;
  10. aggression and abuse (verbal and physical);
  11. if the situation seems horrible or unbearable; and most importantly;
  12. if you're unsure, then refer!

Family Assistance

Prayer House International Ministries (PHIM) has found that in order to improve the lives of impoverished children, we must strive to improve the conditions of the entire family. In an effort to create a more comfortable, safe and sanitary home,
PHIM has developed a family assistance program to provide relief in times of need. we would like families to receive benefits such as: 
  • Bedding, dishes, eating utensils and cleaning supplies
  • Home repairs and furnishings
  • Emergency aid after natural disasters
  • Community improvement projects, like tube wells and sanitary waste systems
  • Literacy programs for mothers micro enterprise support
For families struggling to get by on just dollars a day, household essentials become luxury items, and emergencies can shatter already fragile finances. The family assistance program helps families in need, and provides some comfort, security and peace of mind.

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