If you live in the area, you are probably well aware of how bad homelessness in Los Angeles has become, especially since the pandemic began.
Here at Finally Family Homes we know of many former foster youth who have dropped out of college because they have become homeless. We know of an entire community of aged out foster youth who were sharing a home – and every one of them have lost their jobs since March. But the struggle with homelessness for youth who left foster care without a family isn’t new.
Finally Family Homes Offers A Sustainable And Caring Solution
Finally Family Homes’ mission is to support Santa Clarita (in Los Angeles County) youth who are vulnerable to homelessness, because they are exiting foster care without a family. We do this by attending to their needs for security, belonging, and self-actualization. FFH protects youth from the many dangers of homelessness by:
· providing transitional family-oriented housing to meet any immediate housing needs;
· empowering youth with the tools to build and maintain their own tiny homes;
· protecting youth from isolation, by offering opportunities to build healthy relationships;
But we don’t believe in a quick fix. We seek to mitigate the risks that could lead to future homelessness by leveraging partnerships with local community organizations. With these organizations we can offer personal and educational mentorship while providing continued connection and support as a safety net. We offer long term connections because we believe no one is too old for a family and everyone wants a place to call home.
We Are Seeing Powerful Results
We are seeing powerful results from our social-emotional life skills program which launched in collaboration with Valencia Hills Community Church and expanded to Golden Valley High School PAWS center, serving over 20 Santa Clarita youth in need during, just since the lock downs.
Attendance is growing, as is our positive impact as youth hear of our lineup of professional speakers. After FFH Board Director and College of the Canyons (COC) VP Jeffrey Forrest presented online – sharing in a way that was both personal and educational, some were brought to tears. One attendee responded. “This was the greatest call I have ever been a part of!”
Host Homes On The Horizon
While we prepare to launch our unique solution to have youth build to own their own tiny homes, we recognize that for many youth, there is an immediate need for housing.
So we are also launching our Host Homes Project which will recruit and train 20 local host homes/families to provide temporary homes to Santa Clarita youth (18-24 years old) struggling with homelessness. The program will match youth with a host, provide case management, support their path to long-term housing stability, and will provide support to hosts.
But we need your help to finish getting this up and running.
You Can Make An Impact Today
Because of lock downs, we’ve been unable to several of our planned fundraisers this year. So Finally Family Homes is running a few fundraisers simultaneously right now that are both fun and easy to participate in!
The first is our stories of hope campaign. We are doing it on Facebook and Instagram. We invite you to share your story of hope and to pay it forward as part of a foster youth’s story of hope by sharing a donate tag. Here’s how it works.
Instagram Stories of Hope
We’ve been sharing incredible stories of hope on our Instagram – go check them out and join in!! (PS. If this link is crossed out.. it still works.. some formatting issue we are having trouble fixing).
We are asking our supporters to share their own stories of when someone make an impact on their lives, especially in those young adult years. You can see the full instructions and watch others’ stories of hope there! Make sure to hashtag #mystoryofhope, tag @finallyfamilyhomes, and put a donate sticker on it!
Facebook Stories of Hope
Not on Instagram, no problem! We’re doing Facebook too! Just share your story of hope in a post and
- add the hashtag #mystoryofhope
- tag Finally Family Homes’ Facebook page, and
- raise money by choosing the… on the post to go to “add to your post” and select “Raise Money” from there you can select Finally Family Homes.
Santa Clarita – Shop For Good
Do you live in the Santa Clarita area? Finally Family Homes is participating in the Shop Your Heart Out Event hosted by Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall.
SHOP YOUR HEART OUT runs from OCTOBER 23 –NOVEMBER 1, 2020
This 10-day community program offers you access to exclusive offers from multiple retailers from discounted sales, to gifts with purchase, and more.
To participate, you will purchase tickets online at Westfield shopping center’s website for a minimum of $10 and select to have your contribution support Finally Family Homes. Please note only 4 deals are shown before you purchase your ticket, then after you purchase you are given access to the full list of stores and discounts! And you can use and re-use these for the entire duration of the event!
All you have to do is show your digital ticket in order to access VIP offers at participating retailers within Valencia Town Center Mall.
Don’t forget to select FINALLY FAMILY HOMES – if we sell the most tickets (of which the entirety goes to FFH), we will be granted an additional $8,000!
YOU can help us win!
Prefer To Shop Online?
If you still prefer shopping online – we recommend you check out our very popular post 12 Cheap But Awesome Gifts for College Students. If you find anything you like through our links, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you that goes straight towards helping the youth.
If none of the above interests you, but you still want to make an impact, head on over to our donate page.
We appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little better and the impact we’re making.
We are excited to have you as a part of our story of hope in this fight against homelessness in Los Angeles!
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