The Transitional Living Program (TLP) at The Center for Youth delivers case management and/or housing services to youth who are living in unstable conditions or who are homeless. The goal of the program is to help young men and women, 16-21, become self-sufficient and transition into stable housing. The Center is welcoming to all youth and strives to provide services that are respectful of the many cultural, ethnic, religious, and GLBT identities youth represent. TLP includes:
The Chrysalis House provides a beautiful living environment for young women who may be pregnant or have children for up to 18 months. The program has the capacity to serve six mothers with two additional beds for young women who are pregnant or who do not have children. We guide each woman as she assesses her needs and develops a plan to reach goals for self-sufficiency. The residents are actively involved in seeking educational programs and vocational and employment opportunities. Chrysalis House is a place where young mothers can make transformational decisions that positively impact themselves and their children under the guidance and support of a dedicated and nurturing staff.
Transitional Living – Residential
The Transitional Living Program apartments provide safe housing for both young men and women. Each resident develops goals and carries out a plan to become independent. On a weekly basis, residents meet with their case managers and also attend life-skills workshops.
Transitional Living – Non-Residential:
Young people in non-residential TLP meet with their case managers twice a month to develop and achieve goals for independence.
All TLP services provide case management services, which include:
- Advocacy: Case managers help clients navigate the systems such as the Department of Health and Human Services, other agencies and programs and Social Security. Case managers help clients communicate with professionals to overcome social and cultural barriers.
- Life Skills: Case managers provide clients with skills such as budgeting, time management, developing short- and long-term goals and communication.
- Resources: The Chrysalis House and Residential programs provide bus passes and grocery gift cards on a regular basis to participants who do not already receive these via other means. Case managers connect non-residential clients to community resources to fulfill their needs.
- Empowerment: Case managers provide clients with tools (life skills) and resources, so they can feel confident, knowledgeable and capable of success.
- Encouragement: Through regular meetings, case managers encourage and motivate clients to work on their goals and focus on the individual steps required to achieve goals. Goals might include graduating from high school, passing the GED and preparing for and gaining employment.
- Agency Resources and Services: Case managers connect their clients to any appropriate services at The Center for Youth or other agencies so that clients are supported and have access to the services they need.