PEOPLE NEED HOMES, NOT SHELTERS. 

 

Waking the Village (WTV) leads two programs: Tubman House and Art Beast Children’s Studio. Each program centers on an interactive environment that inspires growth and builds community.

Tubman House opened in 2003 and provides 18 months of housing and support so that Sacramento’s homeless, parenting youth and their children can get busy living rather than surviving. At Tubman, young parents experience a holistic program centered on youth development, the strengthening of physical and mental health, educational attainment, career development, and financial management so that they leave prepared to be leaders in their own lives and leaders in the lives of their children and community. Children experience stability and blossom in a nurturing home with an on site child development program. In exchange for housing and support, Tubman residents lead Youth Corps, developing leadership and spearheading projects to build up their neighborhoods, schools, and natural spaces. Youth Corps reconnects youth to their community as leaders.

Opened in 2009, Art Beast Children’s Studio is an arts exploration environment serving children 0 to 7. Art Beast offers an inclusive space for all parents to share art experiences with children and connect with other adults, encouraging the growth of a community that works to make Sacramento’s children art literate while developing a diverse parent network. Current and former Tubman residents are provided free, unlimited access to Art Beast, connecting them to the broader parenting community and facilitating aftercare contact after residents graduate from Tubman. All profits from Art Beast support Tubman House. Art Beast also provides employment to current and former Tubman residents.


“All I wanted since I was a little girl was to stand still and grow like flowers do. At Tubman, they are passionate about the growth of each individual entering these doors. I can finally say I have a place to stand still and grow.”
— –Sharniece, Tubman Resident