the transition gap
The stats surrounding transitional youth are alarming
Whether it is moving schools due to being placed into to a new foster family, transitioning out of foster care, moving in with a family relative, or a refugee adjusting to a new culture, transitioning is tough. ReachOut has 4 initiatives to deal with transitional issues.
First, young people who age out of foster care or leave neglectful/abusive homes face many challenges transitioning to adulthood. Unfortunately becoming homeless is a reality for too many of these youth. ReachOut is partnering with The Salvation Army and other organizations to create not only much needed housing for these youth, but providing a home through supportive programs that assist them in navigating through this transition.
FURNISH THE GAP INITIATIVE
Second, our Furnish the Gap initiative coordinates with social workers to identify the gaps that individuals and families have in transitioning to a new home, or country, that can be furnished by others. How many of us have furniture and other items sitting around unused or forgotten? Please ask yourself whether this item could become someone else’s treasure?
With our Furnish the Gap initiative, we bring community members who have unused and forgotten items together with families that are in need. We do not offer a removal or delivery service. Instead our role is to seek out the need and connect that need with willing donors. These generous individuals not only donate their items, but go one step further by delivering it themselves. Witnessing the difference you can make is humbling and rewarding.
Third, our Welcome Packs are given out by school counselors for children struggling to transition to their new school. These packs are lovingly stuffed with a blanket and a book so that these kids feel, just as the name says, welcomed to their new environment!Our Welcome Packs have proven to make a difference!
FAMILY FUN KITS
Lastly, our Family Fun Kits. Children in the foster care system returning to their biological families struggle to reconnect. Young refugee youth without families to support them end up alone in a new country and sometimes an American family who may not understand them. Both of these groups of transitioning children and youth can benefit from fun and meaningful memories. This is why we have created Family Fun Kits.
Each kit will have passes or tickets to fun events/venues, vouchers for dinner, and items such as coloring books and games for the home. These kits will provide the opportunity for children and youth to have a better chance in transitioning to their new life.