Too many foster youth are aging out of the system every day and becoming instantly homeless. We aim to provide transitional housing for youth in need and so much more.
What will the property look like?
Our plan is to buy a house for our bio family with a back, guest, or mother in law, or possibly neighboring house for the young adult foster youth to live in. It’s important that we live as close as is possible to our local community college, College of the Canyons, as we want to help the foster youth get enrolled and taking classes there.
In California, it’s free! We also want to make sure we are near stores and public transportation, so the youth can get around where they need to easily.
In an ideal world, the property would be divisible or two separate properties so we could donate the transitional house and land to Finally Family Homes. We’re still looking to how that can be done and of course it will also depend on what kind of property situation we end up with.
We also hope to have a big garage or barn – not required, but ideal so that we can host big holiday gatherings and dinners as the youth return over the years and potentially bring their own families or other friends who don’t have somewhere to go for a holiday. If we can’t find that we’ll consider building or renting out places, as offering ongoing, long-term connection is essential to our unique mission.
Why have a separate house?
The kids we are taking in will be 18+. The house rules and level of independence that is appropriate for that age group is a far cry from what’s appropriate for our personal household with young children and an infant. Having a place with similar aged youth will give them more freedom and the college-like living experience that’s much more appealing than living with a family who needs the house quiet at 8:30pm.
Why be on the same property?
While the youth are 18+, typically their development is lagging. “Adulting” often requires doing risky things like using knives, cooking, driving, and other things foster parents may not be quick to allow in an effort to keep the youth safe while in their care. Not only this, but going into foster care is traumatic, often arresting social-emotional development. Regardless, most kids from any background today still have some level of oversight – like a resident adviser at college.
We want to be available in an instant, day or night as needed, and want to do life alongside the former foster youth, inviting them to be part of our family.
How many youth will live in the transitional house?
Our hope is to have room for 6, but it really depends on what we can find for a secondary house. The plan is to have 2 to a bedroom (typical for transitional housing) unless we find big, fancy bedrooms, then maybe 3 to a bedroom. We don’t want to aim for anything beyond 6 because we want to build personal, deep, long-term relationships.
How will Finally Family Homes grow to support more youth?
I know, only 6 at a time? I think that’s the max we can do and not become a cold machine. But we have plans to expand.
Once the program plan for independence is fully formed and we figure out other logistics for moving forward we plan to connect former foster youth with loving homes who want to offer very low rent near college campuses and hopefully build long-term, stable relationships as well.
We also hope to replicate our model at least every 5 years and set up other willing adults / families to repeat what we are doing.
We think personal and permanency-offering community is the best option for aging out foster youth.
How will this be funded?
Grant givers don’t often give grant money to new non-profits. So as we build up a history, we are depending on donations to provide for the youth.
This money will help cover all utility bills, food, and clothing, transportation, insurance, and independent living classes / specialists for the former foster youth as well as furniture, linens, and housewares for the transitional house.Former foster youth don't just need hand outs – they need connection. They still need a forever home. #finallyfamilyhomes #fosteryouth Click To Tweet
Ways you can pray for us
We wholeheartedly believe in the power of prayer.
We recognize that this is an ambitious endeavor.
We are moving forward in spite of any perceived barriers because we believe it is God’s work to care for those without a family to support them. We trust that if this is what God has called us to, then He will work it out.
When Israel fled from Egypt, the sea wasn’t parted, when David arrived to the battlefield, Goliath was undefeated, and Joshua arrived to Jericho – the walls still stood. What is impossible for men is possible with God.
We believe God is glorified by working through inadequate but willing people whose success could come no other way, but by the hand of God.
So here’s our current prayer requests (February 24, 2020)
- Please pray for our future neighbors to be welcoming and supportive.
- Pray our city decision makers to be supportive of Finally Family Homes.
- Please pray for corporate support / donors to come alongside us.
- Please pray for God to provide the perfect location for the transitional house.
- Please pray for more hearts to be aware and moved to care for aging out foster youth.
- Please pray that God would begin working right now in the lives of the children who will come through our ministry, preparing them.
- Please pray for God to prepare the workers with wisdom and compassion.
- Please pray that God would provide furniture for the transitional house.
- Please pray for our leadership, that they would be encouraged and have endurance.
- Please pray that we would find the right legal help to help us run the organization properly.
- Pray that Finally Family Homes and all who volunteer with the kids would be the hands, feet, and speak with the voice and heart of Jesus.
- Please pray that we can find grants to support our ministry.
- Pray for the foster kids that the ones who would benefit most would find us.
- Please pray for faith for the leaders of Finally Family Homes– that we would trust that God will provide all that is needed at the right time.
- Please pray for our transitional home to be – that it would be in a good location – easy for the kids to get to college and other continuing education.
As I update this post, I see how many prayers have been answered & would like you to share in the joy with us.
- We prayed for churches to come alongside and support us and for us to find a good church to take the foster kids too, that would be welcoming, relevant, and sound.
We are so grateful to share that Valencia Hills Community Church is wonderful, welcoming, equipped, and has been showering us with support.
- We prayed for a filmmaker to help us film a funding / informational video.
God brought alongside a dear old friend and complete strangers who volunteered their time & talents to help us.
The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide family-like support to help teens who don’t have a family or home, transition into successful adulthood.
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