Cincinnati organization seeking partners to help relocate at-risk youth
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – NewPath Child & Family Solutions (formerly St. Joseph Orphanage) is seeking a partnership apartment complex and financial investments by November to relocate at-risk youth participating in their Independent Living Services Program (ILS ).
Registered resident teens and young adults strive to become independent adults by developing life skills and learning to live independently. Without this program, young people in the region would not have the support they need to make it before their 18th birthday.
The NewPath team helps young people access medical care, teaching them how to navigate public transport and maintain their apartment.
Through the ILS program, young adults connect to community resources and social or recreational activities and receive training and support with job interviews and related skills.
The program also teaches lifelong financial skills such as budgeting and accumulating savings and checking accounts. Young adults are enrolled in education and employment opportunities and connected to resources to transition into appropriate community housing.
Additional skills learned are problem solving, communication, adaptability and reliability skills.
Esther Urick, Senior Director of Services at NewPath, said: “Historically, care was only provided to young people up to the age of 18 from diverse circumstances and backgrounds. For adolescents in care, experiencing an abrupt disruption of services at age 18 and suddenly moving from dependent to independent status is frightening overnight. They are not ready to take care of themselves and are essentially homeless. They are forced into the adult world with little coping skills, no community support and no means of financial support; ill-equipped to deal responsibly with their newfound independence. The independent living program is designed to create a placement for young people who wish to become independent adults.
Many youth benefiting from the ILS program are identified as at-risk youth in Ohio foster homes or learning to be independent by working with resources focused on overcoming mental health stigma.
Several young adults said they could have been homeless or headed down a path of self-destruction without NewPath’s program.
NewPath partnered with the current building over 11 years ago. Over the past decade, they have acquired 24 units to house young people while they progress through the program safely.
The current ILS youth accommodation is scheduled for renovation in November.
NewPath is looking for available housing to relocate at-risk young adults and teens, continuing their work to protect against homelessness.
John Parran, Chief Operating Officer of NewPath, said: “Above all, these at-risk young adults would face the real possibility of homelessness, as we are all aware of the intense struggles to find affordable housing. Additionally, they would not benefit from the myriad of support services we provide, which ultimately would be detrimental to their long-term health and success. »
The ILS program changes the trajectory of those enrolled in the program to achieve better outcomes for the future.
NewPath has a direct impact on lowering rates of incarceration and homelessness and has reduced the risk of suicide among young people.
Teens in the program then graduated from high school, got their driver’s license, continued their education, and met or exceeded their future planning goals.
Additionally, NewPath has seen individuals change their lives completely during and especially after completing the ILS program. At-risk youth have gone to college, joined the military, and successfully transitioned into the community.
Tricia Mullins, Head of Impact at NewPath, shared: “We recently heard the story of a young man sharing his success with our independent living services. He relied heavily on these apartments over the course of his young adult life and is now a graduate of Wright State with a degree in computer science and doing a full-time internship.
NewPath needs help identifying life supports for youth 24+ to ensure they can have a brighter future and avoid homelessness.
The required residences could be several scattered sites engaged in short or long term rental contracts or an outright building open for purchase. NewPath asks the community to spread the word, advocate for local youth, and share any housing opportunities available.
If you would like to provide NewPath Child & Family Solutions with information about available housing or learn more about how you can help, please feel free to contact [email protected] or call 855-577-PATH (7284 ).
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