Expectations


General Expectations

We will:

  • provide you with a living situation that changes as you meet your goals.
  • take care of your basic needs.
  • when healthy, re-connect with significant people in your life.
  • explore what independence means for you.
  • get a State Issued ID and copies of your social security card, birth certificate, etc.
  • provide you with driving instruction to help you get your Driver's License.
  • support hobbies and reading for fun.
  • help you get involved in community events.
  • explore multi-cultural events, the Arts, and local activities.
  • get you connected to community service projects.
  • support you when you are challenged and/or feeling discouraged.
  • celebrate with you as you meet your personal achievement goals.
  • say "no" to you when we are concerned about your choices and decision making.

From this you will be able to:

  • step into less supervised living situations and understand what it is like to take on more responsibility.
  • establish your personal style.
  • reach your independence goals in a way and in a community of your choice.
  • consider if you would like to explore ways to resolve issues of past relationships.
  • empower you to use your community – for resources, recreation.
  • start giving back – being generous with your time and your talents to help others.
  • approach and work through issues with trusted adults – no matter how difficult.
  • live a safe, healthy & legal lifestyle.

Life Skills

We will challenge you with Life Skills training to help you better understand how to:

  • explore academic options.
  • get a job.
  • navigate housing options.
  • take care of your medical/dental/counseling needs.
  • budget, shop and prepare healthy meals, and take care of your basic needs.
  • use public transportation.
  • establish healthy relationships.
  • connect to your community in meaningful ways.
  • develop a support system.

From this you will be able to:

  • enter into a college, vocational school or certification training program.
  • develop and keep an updated professional resume.
  • make good housing decisions.
  • develop a healthy lifestyle and manage your own health appointments.
  • know how to make simple and healthy meals that appeal to you.
  • know the bus routes you will need for school, work and play.
  • make and keep good friends that will support you as you mature.
  • identify natural supports and mentors that you can turn to in time of need.

Academics

We will support you as you:

  • finish High School or get your G.E.D.
  • prepare for entrance exams.
  • explore what academic path will be right for you.
  • connect you with financial aid.
  • walk with you as you visit campuses.
  • connect you with tutors.
  • help you establish study skills.
  • find out what else your school can offer

From this you will be able to:

  • move into post-secondary education.
  • figure out what will be best for you: certification programs, 2 or 4 year college programs, etc.
  • establish good study habits.
  • access your school's resources.

Financial

We will help you:

  • start a savings plan.
  • monitor your banking online.
  • develop a budget and learn to live within it.
  • carefully consider credit and major purchases before you make them.

You will then be able to:

  • watch your savings grow.
  • live within your means.
  • prepare for life on your own.
  • protect your credit score.

Employment

We will help you to:

  • find and maintain a job.
  • practice interviewing techniques and do mock interviews so you will know what to expect.
  • fill out job applications.
  • get ready for your first day on the job (with uniforms, clothing, etc.).

From this you will:

  • gain interviewing skills.
  • establish a work history.
  • gain work references.