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H O U S E O F H O P E classroom, our hotel staff works with real customers, real money and real problems. "We are engaged currently with eight of UofL's colleges," said Moseley. "Wayside benefits from the vast creativity of the university's faculty and students, while the university has a controlled learning lab from which to study the impact of poverty in our community. I know of no other rescue mission that has such a working relationship with a leading university." lives who is empathic, warm and keeps them stable and safe. Many of the families involved come from damaged and threatened family situations. The Resilient Families Project stresses the goal of community involvement and belonging, which is a core human need. Building a sense of social structure, said Haynes, is vital to creating a thriving family atmosphere. Promoting the excitement and adventure of reading — with the entire family — is another goal of the project. Reading is a fundamental lifetime skill that is a platform for enhancing social interaction and attachment bonds. That also goes a long way towards the goal of preparing children and parents for school. The Resilient Families Project stresses that emotional and educational successes are imperative in molding positive behaviors and that parents are just as important as schoolteachers when it comes to building success. "We are so accustomed to ideas and programs being thrown out there that never go anywhere," said Ross. "It is up to a real university to empower others and create real social change. We're doing that at UofL. It's an entirely different perspective for our faculty and students." For former resident Cassie Lintz, it made all the difference. "My whole world has changed. I'm a better mother and I keep moving forward. People see the good in me now." Lintz's struggles with addiction and homelessness are fading as she works as an employee of Hotel Louisville and proudly has a new home with her two daughters. A VISIONARY MOMENT The Resilient Families Project took wing in 2011 after a chance meeting between Ross and Moseley. While attending the i2a conference in Louisville, Moseley honed in on the themes of critical thinking and community engagement. He knew he could apply the concepts to Hotel Louisville. "I met Edna and we talked for hours," said Moseley. "Edna Ross is a visionary. She made the connections at UofL, introduced me to Lora Haynes and Barbara Burns and it took off." Psychology professors Lora Haynes, and recently retired Barbara Burns, had the beginnings of the Resilient Families Project in the works, but only as a limited program. The partnership with Wayside's Hotel Louisville gave them a focus, a detailed curriculum, student interns and volunteers and an audience hungry for knowledge. Haynes and Burns created a seven-month program based on psychological principles applied to real-world situations. All Hotel Louisville resident clients — more than 100 adults and children — meet every "MY WHOLE WORLD HAS CHANGED. Thursday for a group session I'M A BETTER MOTHER AND I followed by meetings split for adults and children. Age-approKEEP MOVING FORWARD. PEOPLE priate activities, crafts and discussions provide lively ways to SEE THE GOOD IN ME NOW. learn important lessons in evRESILIENT FAMILIES GAVE ME erything from self-care to anger management and compassion. STRUCTURE AND SHOWED ME Haynes and about 40 UofL HOW TO LIVE AGAIN." student volunteers and interns oversee the project's three main —CASSIE LINTZ elements: family literacy and community building; parenting skills; and child enrichment. The UofL students come from "Resilient Families gave me structure and showed me how to a variety of schools and majors, including psychology, social work, live again." justice administration, nursing, business and education. Moseley and Haynes agree that the Resilient Families Project is It's a winning combination for all involved. "There is a fire Louisville's best-kept secret. "Charles Dickens said that ignorance ignited in people when they are put out in the community to help and want are mankind's two greatest enemies," said Moseley. solve social problems," said Haynes. "Community engagement "Together, with UofL, we partner to fight this ongoing struggle. is not just helping others; what our students experience is just as We need to tell this success story." important. We all learn something from this." "Hotel Louisville is a ridiculously warm, welcoming and safe According to Haynes, the project focuses on certain goals. place," said Haynes. "People outside don't understand that and The foremost goal is "family matters," which stresses the need to see what goes on here." importance of healthy attachment relationships, even if it is Moseley noted that many resident clients come from strikingly only with one parent or caregiver. The goal is to teach the fragile dysfunctional households. The Resilient Families Project tackles children in the program that it is critical to have someone in their that dynamic so successfully that life-changing results occur. 34|LOUISVILLE.EDU