WEDO CCAV is a program dedicated to providing a network of support to Transitional Age Youth (young adults ages 16-25 years) and justice involved adults in order to ensure they have the tools they need to be successful and thrive independently.
Designed to complement Fred Finch housing programs, the transition programs provide vocational and educational connections, mental health support, and linkage to other community supports. Many of the youth accessing these services are former foster children, who bring with them histories of abuse, neglect, and complex emotional and physical health needs. With the development of the school-linked wellness center on site…
The Independent Living Program both empowers and emotionally supports older adolescents to help them make the transition from our residential campus or foster care towards independence. The Independent Living Program is perfect for youth who are responsible, goal-oriented, self-motivated and determined to be successful. We develop a sense of pride in our youth as they grow into adulthood by teaching…
Boys & Girls Haven Transitional Living programs serve young people from 18 to 21 years old who are preparing to age out of foster care. We offer structured, dorm-style housing in our Pre-Independent Living program and scattered site apartments in our full-fledged Independent Living program.
Individuals receive a 1-bed, 1-bath apartment with kitchen, living room, and equipped with basic furnishings. The HOME program provides support through a formal face-to-face checking in once a week, daily sign in/outs, and access to a variety of services including life skills training including meal planning, cooking, accessing transportation, budgeting, accessing services, and more.
The Youth Resource Center provides a low-barrier space to meet the basic needs of young adults ages 17-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness, many of whom have aged out of foster care. The service continuum includes drop-in services with showers, laundry, computer lab, and hygiene products, as well as independent living services, mentoring, and rapid rehousing.
Special Treasures is a non-profit thrift store that supports foster teens and aged-out young adults. They learn work skills such as furniture repair, furniture painting, warehouse management, stocking, salesmanship and more. Youth are mentored by volunteers and workforce development staff. They also get help with resumes, work ethics, financial management, and internships and job placement.
Footsteps provides Transitional Living services to youth in the foster care system ages 16 through 21. Youth are offered housing services in a group home setting or an independent apartment setting, based on their life skills and need. All youth are offered assistance with education, employment, mental and physical health, and life skills acquisition.
Youth learn college access information and life skills at this free, four-day summit every June at a Montana post-secondary institution. Youth stay in the dorms, attend classes and experience college life firsthand. In addition, they learn how to build relationships, obtain employment, and manage money. Participants also take home a free laptop to prepare them for transition to independent living.
River Jordan Inc focuses on helping transition age foster youth become responsible and productive members of society through our Community Transitional housing program, Pre-Aging Out Foster Care Recovery Coaching, which also includes life skill training, and the best practice Fostering Success training model. (See also Foster Care Recovery Network in the AOI database.)