Fellowship Place was the only Supported Education program in Connecticut to receive a perfect score on the recent fidelity review conducted by the State Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. The fidelity review, which assesses how closely a program is aligned with best practices in supported education, includes an audit of case files, staff interviews, client interviews, and interviews with clients’ family members.
Fellowship Place’s Supported Education program promotes self-sufficiency and economic independence by helping clients enroll in college or a trade school. The program offers education assessment & planning, GED classes & tutoring, assistance with the college enrollment process (applications, financial aid, academic accommodations, placement testing), and ongoing support while enrolled in classes. In FY16, the program served 54 adults; 84% of those who enrolled in school remained in their education program until the completion of their school term. This year the program also received funding from the Melville Charitable Trust to develop a scholarship program for homeless & formerly homeless individuals. As of October 1, 2016, a total of 13 scholarships have been awarded to help recipients purchase computers, school supplies, and equipment required for trade school.