One day we had a pair of twin siblings, Justin and Brittney, come into our emergency shelter who were homeless. Justin and Brittney had been couch surfing and living with different friends as their mom had been unable to provide housing for them due to medical and financial family struggles. After being in our shelter for a short period of time, we determined they were a good fit for our Transitional Living Program (TLP) and that the TLP was a good fit for their needs as well.
They moved into the TLP house in December of 2013 and we have since seen both graduate high school. While living at the TLP, both youth received counseling services through our Family Place non-residential counseling program to further assist them in their transitions into adulthood. Justin has moved away to start his college career after receiving a full academic and athletic scholarships to Colombia International in South Carolina. Brittney was recently hired as a Barista at a local Starbucks and has begun her journey at Lively Tech in the pharmacy technician program.
Our TLP is just one of our many programs that offers a continuum of care to homeless youth. This success story is a great example of how our programs work together to best suit the needs of the youth and families we encounter on a daily basis. Every child deserves a chance to succeed and be properly equipped to take on adulthood, and the TLP is just one example of a program that provides that necessary support system to homeless or at risk youth who otherwise would not receive the support and guidance they need to succeed to the next step of adulthood.