Rites of Passage transitional housing program provides stable living in a group home environment with supportive services to empower youth and assist them with the skills needed to successfully transition to independent living. Services provided help these young adults become self-sufficient, contributing members of our society, with positive, responsible attitudes and relationships. This is achieved by giving them opportunities to experience both the responsibilities and rewards of independent living within a supportive structure.
Rites of Passage transitional housing program provides a stable living, group home environment with supportive services that empower youth and assist them with the skills needed to successfully transition to independent living. The goal of helping youth become self-sufficient, contributing members of society, with positive, responsible attitudes and relationships, is achieved by giving them opportunities to experience both the responsibilities and rewards of independent living within a supportive structure.
The Rites of Passage program is for aging-out male and female youth, ages 17 1/2 to 21 years of age, who are in need of a supportive setting to help them stabilize emotionally, begin to acquire skills, and successfully transition out of the child protection system.
The youth most likely to be successful in this program are those who have been introduced to independent living skills and concepts and are eager to begin this journey toward true interdependent community living. A minimum level of motivation to be self-sufficient is necessary for success. In Crossroads’ continuum of transitional programs for youth aging out of foster care, Rites of Passage is the most advanced phase and allows the most independence and opportunity to evaluate true self-sufficiency.
The intent is to participate in a communal living environment with housemates, each coming and going as needed to accomplish their specific goals. The normalcy of the environment is emphasized, discouraging previous attitudes about being in a group home or foster home and enlarging their vision of the choices they face and the future they will create.
The underlying strategy for services is to give youth a meaningful role in shaping their own destinies. The program helps youth acquire and master new skills by giving them opportunities to practice in real life situations. The focus is on preparing youth for true independent living by mastering both “hard” (maintaining a checking account, using a computer, buying food) and “soft” (taking responsibility for self, getting along with others, making sound decisions) skills.
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