Tomorrow House Supportive Living
“Working with the SBDC Advisors allowed us to take a step back from the day to day and have a clear picture of our business.”
Owners Duke and Gabrielle Auguste established Tomorrow House in 2021, and today the business has grown to include 23 full time and 3 part time caregivers.
Services support individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in their own homes. Caregivers assist with dressing, grooming, bathing, errands, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and other routine activities. The caregivers also provide mobility and transfer assistance, since some individuals may have chronic health conditions and difficulties with mobility.
All services are delivered with care and compassion. The caregivers recognize the dignity of each person which enables individuals to have control over their lives, develop a sense of responsibility, and have self-reliance. Diversity is valued and very important at Tomorrow House Supportive Living. Both Duke and Gabrielle were born in Haiti and migrated to the United States. They draw strength and a sense of purpose from their background, and believe diversity is the strength of the business, the community and this country.
Services are provided in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties. The home office is in Suisun City with a second office in Marin County.
Challenges and Action Taken
Recruiting and hiring quality staff have been major issues. “The challenge is finding people who take this job as seriously as we do,” explained Duke. “Finding quality staff and keeping them is an ongoing challenge because, as things change in their lives, it impacts the work they do.”
“We seek staff who understand they are caring for someone’s loved one,” explained Duke. “Our motto is, ‘How would you want your family member to be cared for?’ This value has become part of the staff training process.”
Caring is at the core
Our motto is, ‘How would you want your family member to be cared for?’ This value has become part of the staff training process.”Duke Auguste
The business contracts through the Department of Disability Services, and the North Bay Regional service sends referrals. Intake at Tomorrow House meets with the referred individuals to determine how to fulfill their needs, and then numerous documents and assessments happen. Gabriellle completes all the papers which is a long, arduous process.
Duke and Gabrielle say, “The Solano-Napa SBDC advising has been super valuable. It has helped us form a big picture approach to the work that we are doing and it is helping us articulate the many nuances to this work.”
“Working with Advisors, Carolynne Gamble and Jennifer House has allowed us to take a step back from the day to day and have a clear picture of our business. We appreciate that tremendously.”
Owners/Founders: Duke and Gabrielle Auguste at 415-686-8023 or email email@example.com