Barrett Transitional Home is a nonprofit 501 © 3 corporation which provides transitional
housing and services to single and single pregnant women who find themselves in
a homeless situation for a variety of reasons.
Barrett Transitional Home's goal
is to break the cycle of homelessness and reestablish self-esteem, self-empowerment,
and self-sufficiency in women who will become productive contributors to society.
Our Beginning- Barrett first opened its doors in September 2000, after many hours
of program and grant development by members of the Basilica of St. Mary. Father
Barrett (from the Basilica) had a calling to go beyond St. Mary's soup kitchen and
do more for the Norfolk homeless. Barrett Transitional Home bares his name.
Barrett has undergone many changes as it has matured to what it is today. There
are currently 4 full time staff members and many volunteers to maintain the home
and provide services for the women.
A SAD, YET TYPICAL SCENARIO:
Anne arrived at Barrett from an emergency shelter. There, she begins the process
of physical and emotional recovery from domestic abuse. Her body beaten,
and her self-esteem at its bottom, she had nowhere to turn except
the emergency shelter - her only hope. Federal and state legislation allows only
30 to 45 days of stay in the shelter, so Anne must find a safe place to live and
begin anew. A counselor refers her to Barrett, where she begins a job, works on
her GED, and plants the seeds for rebuilding her life.
"I have seen so many women blessed, including myself, during my year at Barrett
Transitional Home." -- A.W.