OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT
All our youth come to us from homelessness or incarceration (relating to their homelessness). We canvas areas where homeless youth congregate, and also receive regular referrals from governmental agencies and non-profit case workers who work with the homeless. Team members spend several hours a week meeting with youth on the streets and in the jails, building trusting relationships, describing our programs, and offering to help the youth turn their lives around. Most often, we are the only outside visitors they receive while incarcerated, and the only offer of support.
We get the youth the help they need, which most often starts with our Wellness Program. With respect to treatment (inpatient or outpatient for mental health and substance abuse), our collaborative partners provide scholarships, allowing our clients to receive high quality private treatment which would otherwise be cost prohibitive. After connecting the youth to the appropriate treatment, we monitor their progress. We are there to meet the youth when he/she is released from treatment and connect with him/her with safer and sober living and continuation of the recovery process. When the youth is ready, we assist him/her in transitioning to independent living, which includes (re)enrollment in school, vocational training, job training or living wage employment. We also provide mentoring and life coaching, as well as serve as a conduit to other available resources.
education and ADVOCACY
All our youth grew up in institutionalized care - small orphanages known as "group homes". There are many problems associated with this method of warehousing children. We educate the public on the problems facing emancipated foster youth and the lack of services available to assist them. We advocate at the local level for the development of desperately needed services for transitional age former foster youth and for the provision of services in a way which meets the actual needs of the youth.