ILP’s approach is to build relationships with youth while teaching essential life skills that prepare them to live on their own, with their own community supports. Hearts With A Mission currently serves up to 60 youth in Josephine and Jackson county through funding by the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Youth must be either actively in custody or must have been in DHS custody for a minimum of 180 days (6 months) after their 14th birthday. Upon acceptance to the program youth will be assigned a Skills trainer and will be contacted within 5 business days of acceptance into the program. After contact is made with a skills trainer the youth will then work alongside them through a minimum of a once per month meeting to establish a long term plan and set personal goals pertaining to achieving independence.
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Services are available to all eligible youth regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Walk-ins, drop-offs, and referrals are all assessed and screened to identify needs, eligibility and appropriateness. All youth entering the shelter will be cleared by local Law Enforcement.
Life Skills Training
- Financial planning
- Mental health care
- Legal issues
- Personal appearance
- Recreation and transportation
- Cooking, etc.
Educational & Vocational Skills
- Driver’s education
- Pre-vocational training
- Vocational training
- College tours
- GED completion
- Groups and youth networks
- Positive recreational activities
- Youth conferences
- Resume building
- Interview skills
- Job search and placement
Hearts With A Mission’s Independent Living Program (ILP) assists youth age 16 and over who are, or were in foster care to take the next steps in their lives to become independent adults.
The program teaches youth valuable skills to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living.
The program offers a variety of learning opportunities, including: skills groups, and one-on-one supports, access to financial support (through ILP discretionary funds), Independent Living Housing Subsidy Program, and education/grant support.
All services are individually tailored to the needs of the specific youth.
”Everyone was very welcoming and gave great advice. It gave me a place to get to know myself a little better.Chris