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K.I.S.H. Home, Inc. P.O. BOX 672 Felton, DE 19943

Transitional Living Program

Matthew 25:35 (NIV) For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.

K.I.S.H. Home Transitional Living Program provides  a 24-hour supervised residential home for young women ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system in Delaware.

Some of the foster youths experienced frustration in handling basic skills, such as opening a checking/savings account, parenting and the frustration of single parenthood whether they were a single parent or single. These “aged out’ foster youths need a strong support system that would empower and encourage them to take control of their lives. They struggled in their transition of leaving their foster homes because many were still attending high school and were not emotionally or financially stable.

Without a strong support system, these young people will be at high risk of homelessness, lacking self esteem, pregnant, incarcerated, unemployed, welfare dependency, and sexual and physical victimization and without guidance. According to studies of young people aging out of the foster care system discharged to themselves in different states: 12-30 percent struggled with homelessness; 40-63 percent did not complete high school; 25-55 percent were unemployed; and only 38 percent of those employed were still working after one year; 30-62 percent had trouble accessing health care due to inadequate finances or lack of insurance; 32-40 percent were forced to rely on some form of public assistance and 50 percent experienced extreme financial hardship; 31-42 percent were arrested; 18-26 percent were incarcerated; and 40-60 percent of the young women were pregnant within 12-18 months of leaving foster care.

K.I.S.H. Home Transitional Living Program provide support services to help find permanent housing, to provide physical, emotional, educational, and social supports for women who have aged out of the foster care to achieve and sustain self sufficiency.

Additionally, K.I.S.H. Home, Inc. Transitional Living Services provide guidance in the following areas:

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Case Management
  • GED Preparation
  • College Entrance Assistance
  • Preparation for Adult Living Programs
  • Housing
  • Career Development
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Employment & Educational Programs
  • Health & Wellness Program
  • Personal Development Plans

Eligibility

The K.I.S.H. Home resident program is for a period of up to 12 months. After completing this program, the women will be monitored at their permanent housing for 6 months by a Social Worker.

To be eligible for the Transitional Living Program a potential woman must:

  • Be a woman  or a mother who have aged out of the foster care ages 18-21
  • Be willing to work with a case manager; mentors and direct staff
  • Be willing to achieve permanent housing
  • Be willing to pay a portion of the rent, up to ½ of their income
  • Be drug and alcohol-free
  • Be willing to maintain employment or enrollment in school
  • Be willing to attend conferences, workshops and seminars