-Independent Housing for aged out foster care children
-Endangered Women's Transitional Housing
-Hopeless to Housing
The irresponsible teenage boy has become a caricature of modern adolescence: He can't find his schoolbooks to do his homework. He regularly runs out of clean underwear. He has to borrow money from Dad to go to the mall. "Cooking" consists of operating a microwave oven. Teen girls often do not fare much better. These young people are at the age when they will soon launch into the real world, but have they been equipped to handle it?
Imagine your child at her first job or in her first apartment. What skills do you want her to bring to these settings? Do you want her to understand how to interact with others? How to manage her time, money and belongings? Maybe you want her to figure out a few basic skills like doing her own laundry.
The Life Skills program deals with the economics and management of the home and community. It deals with the relationship between individuals, families, and communities, and the environment in which they live.
Areas of focus
The Life Skills program deals with everyday living in households, families and communities for developing life skills and personal growth. The areas covered are:
Interaction with others
Organizing and decluttering
Repair and maintenance
THE LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM
We rescue the homeless and hopeless individuals, children, and families off the street and provide them with an opportunity to get their life back. We want to provide a safe community environment to house them temporarily and then take them through our 4 step program:
Step 1 is to shelter and get addicts sober from any drug or alcohol addictions, and anyone suffering with mental illness support with medicine and counseling.
Step 2 is to facilitate their spiritual growth so that their transformation will grow much deeper than just getting them off the streets.
Step 3 is educating them on job readiness. We will train them on professional interview techniques, resume writing, business etiquette and attire, basic computer and academic skills, and social and technological skills needed to make it in today's economy. We will also provide outlets for GED and college degree pursuits.
Step 4 is to assist with applying for jobs via internet and in person. We will take them to interviews and coach them through the beginning stages of independent living.
Affordable low cost supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move toward independent living on their own. Services provided at the transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing.
The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a difficult transition, even with an intact family structure. Recent studies have shown that the average young person must rely on parental support during this transitional period, and do not actually become self-sufficient until age 26. By contrast, youth exiting the foster care systems do not have this option; they are cut off from their sole support system at age 18.
Where most teens are entering this time of their life with a sense of awe and opportunity, foster kids are left in a state of desperation. Without a home to return to, they often sleep on couches, in cars or turn themselves in to the local homeless shelter. For these kids the future is bleak.
We will provide young women (14-22 years old) who are homeless after foster care or at risk of abuse or misuse with room and board, college support, paid job internships, savings program, automobile atainment program and independent living education.