Touchstone Village is a Transitional Living program that has been developed out of a community need. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients, 12% of the homeless population was 17-24 years old. Within three years of aging out of the foster care system, the Annie Casey Foundation reports that 37% will be incarcerated and 50% will be homeless at some point, becoming our new homeless and “disconnected” population.
Touchstone Village provides Transitional Living services to young adults ages 18-21 who are in extended foster care or may be homeless. Many of the residents have been in the foster care system and/or delinquency system and are without the resources needed to live independently in the community.
Touchstone Village provides each resident with:
- Rental of an individual apartment on YCC’s campus for a nominal fee
- Life skills training
- Academic monitoring and support
- Career development training
- Mental health therapy and psychiatric services
Touchstone residents will establish personal goals and learn to build healthy, trusting relationships. Touchstone Village’s goal is to assist residents by preparing them for a new beginning on the rest of their lives.