Each year, BELL engages family housing providers in Philadelphia by using the Administration for Children and Families (ACF)’s Self-Assessment Tool for Shelters, an assessment designed to help shelter staff members create residential environments that are safe and developmentally appropriate for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
As we gear up for the Fall 2022 Self-assessments, Beth McLean, Director of Residential Services for Drueding Center, gave insight on her experiences with the tool and the process. She stated, “There are learning points. There are things we learned we can post and make available [to clients] and learn from.” McLean noted that over the years, Drueding staff discussed the process as a team and shared information they learned with each other. She said last year was her first time completing the tool, and that “The process has helped [me] think more about their needs.” McLean also shared one challenge, “...is having to think about some of the categories and how they are represented here.” Drueding is a transitional housing program, and, “Answering questions on Food and Nutrition, for example, when our residents have their own units, I have to think about what that might look like here.”
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