Our STRIVE Transitional Living Program provides services to young women ages 17-22 who are intellectually disabled and in the care of the Division of Family and Children’s Services or who have become homeless. TLP assists residents for 18 months to develop skills leading to self-sufficiency and independence, while providing a safe living environment. Youth reside in our group home, Hamer House, where all basic needs are met including transportation for work, school, and health purposes. Our welcoming group home has seven beds, and provides real-life experiences in education, employment, roommate and household management, and other personal growth experiences that teens need to successfully transition to adulthood.
Our traditional TLP model operates in individual unit apartments leased by Safe Harbor just blocks from our group home. Homeless youth ages 17-22 are provided with appropriate housing for 18 months and all basic needs unless provided for through other benefits, such as food stamps, etc. Helping youth to establish themselves in the community with health care, education, and employment are key to success. Youth are required to participate in services and work toward goals they set on their individual service plan. As a preparation for discharge, the Housing Specialist assists youth to explore available housing options aligning with their permanency goals.
Application and Referral: Youth self-refer by filling out an application and submitting it. Those in the care of DFCS will also have their caseworker submit a Universal Application. Applicants are then selected for an interview with the STRIVE team.