What we do?
Long displaced as family vacation destinations, motels now house an uneasy confluence of drug addicts, registered
sex offenders, and criminals. Due to the lack of affordable housing and transitional housing and stymied by high
rents throughout the region-these motels have also become de-facto vouchered housing for homeless families. Many
families living in the motel have full time jobs and provide for at least 2-3 children. Being able to afford and
save the first and last months rent, as well as a security deposit on a family-friendly apartment is often a
prohibitive upfront expense to families trying to get out of the motels.
The Welcome Home program remedies motel living by raising funds to provide families with the push they need to get
out of the motel and into an apartment of condo. Caterina’s Club partners with Mercy House and Illumination
Foundation to identify these families, provide necessary case managing, financial advising, and eventually the
first/last months rent and deposit due at move in. In addition to covering the move in cost, Caterina’s Club
collects donated furniture, appliances, and other home goods to jump start these families new lives.
To date, Caterina's Club has successfully relocated 143 families.