Our Shelter Programs

Pathways to Progress

Since its inception, C-U at Home has played a crucial role in providing a supportive environment for individuals experiencing homelessness or transitioning from substance abuse recovery programs or incarceration. We operate residential shelters for men and women (capacity 8 each) along with several other smaller “advanced shelter” residences where clients experience more independence within a structure of accountability. At current capacity, we are able to serve around two dozen individuals at any given time.

We also operate a single-resident tiny house in cooperation with Restoration Urban Ministries, the City of Champaign, and First Mennonite Church. This house allowed an individual in dire need to get off the streets. In addition to housing individuals who have been in our shelter programs, we also work with other community programs and organizations such as the Champaign County Drug Court, Rosecrance, and the Pavillion to provide housing and program support in our advanced shelters.

A Testimony of Success

Johnathon has been on an amazing journey with us and we are so proud of the work he has done. From residing in his truck to living at home in one of our advanced shelter houses and actively contributing to Prosperity Gardens, he has demonstrated incredible determination and strength. Now, Johnathon has achieved a significant milestone for himself – securing his own apartment. In a conversation with our dedicated case manager, Cedar King, Johnathon reflects on the impact that our “Pathways to Progress” program has had on his life.

Navigating the Path

Our Men’s Shelter began year-round operations on October 31, 2019. With the help of community partners and generous supporters, in August of 2023 we were able to move from our former location to a large home in Urbana. The Men’s Shelter can accommodate up to 8 individuals in our 24/7, year-round program.

Pathways to Progress is a 12-18 month program that includes intensive case-management support, assistance connecting with community resources for help with addition recovery and mental/physical health needs, life skills development, and housing navigation. These services are provided in a home-based, supportive living environment. Entry into the shelter program is based upon successful intake.

Offering Hope and Restoration

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). Many of the people we serve have experienced lives that have left them feeling like “the least” of all around them. We desire to do whatever we can to restore their sense of value and give them hope for the future.

Continuing a Tradition of Hospitality

Austin’s Place first opened on January 1st, 2008, when six homeless women were provided with emergency overnight shelter. Over the years, at its original home in Champaign’s First United Methodist Church and then at New Covenant Fellowship, hundreds of women have been blessed by the ministry of Austin’s Place. Austin’s Place officially became part of C-U at Home in June 2020. Now located in a house in Champaign, it provides communal living space for up to eight women, including a kitchen and living room. Our program includes intensive case management services along with assistance and referrals for clients dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. We also help people develop basic life skills such as cooking, finance management, and resume writing. Clients living in our shelters are served by trained, compassionate staff who maintain a safe and secure environment. Entry into the shelter program is based upon successful intake.

A Legacy of Compassion

Austin’s Place is named in memory of Austin Cloyd, who attended First United Methodist with her family. As a college student, Austin used her summers to initiate service organizations and work on service projects that benefited at-risk women. She was tragically killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

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