Weekly Insights: Children's Home Society
Children's Home Society (CHS) builds bridges to success for children in order to achieve a world where children realize their full potential. Based on the 2020 HUD Point In Time Count, on any given night in IRC, 342 individuals are homeless. 36% of them or 122, are children sheltered and unsheltered. Youth who experience homelessness are more likely to have worse physical and mental health outcomes than the general population. Youth who are homeless are also dealing with upsetting factors that may have caused their current situation.
CHS's Transitional Living Program (TLP) meets the immediate physical needs of non-parenting young adults age 18-22 who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or have "aged-out" of foster care. This program open doors to help youth in foster care and young adults exiting foster care pursue meaningful, productive futures as they realize their full potential. The TLP provides case management and life planning support to assist these individuals to transition into full independence. Regularly scheduled group and individual meetings are used to create formal Life Plans focused on key areas: education, employment, housing, life skills and access to resources. Residential and non-residential participants have the opportunity to complete high school, become job ready, obtain employment, secure sustainable housing and pursue higher education or vocational training. Participants are also required to participate in community service.
Weekly Insights works in conjunction with Indian River Indicators. Indian River Indicators was launched in June 2021 and originated after the completion of the 2019 Indian River Community Needs Assessment. It provides key data and information about our community that is updated annually and can be used to support and sustain proven programs. It can also be used by community leaders to develop policy, promote promising practices and inspire innovation that can lead to solutions to persistent community challenges. Indian River Community Foundation holds informational sessions on the first Tuesday of every month at 4pm via Zoom to introduce the community to this new resource. Please email Director of Philanthropy, Chiaka Nwosu at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend a session.
To learn more visit www.ircommunityfoundation.org and click “Indian River Indicators” or contact a member of the Community Foundation’s team at 772.492.1407.