MAJOR GIFTS CAMPAIGN: THE CASA PROJECT
The Owen Team is excited to announce that our real estate Agency - Nous Vendons Votre Maison will be donating a home for youths ages 17-20, as part of the CASA Project!!!
SETTING THE CONTEXT
THE CASA PROJECT
At the dawn of 18, few young people can stand on their own two feet, even with the presence of a family allowing them access to essential resources. These young people, working part-time, will have access to the education that will allow them to access the job of their dreams, at the right time and according to their abilities.
Let's now think about a 17 year old youth, followed under the Youth Protection Act and placed in care since his early childhood. He finds himself at the dawn of adulthood, without family support, and must leave the shelter where he has been for years.
Many of them will then experience housing instability and will have several living environments, and this, in just a few months. The great dangers that threaten these young people are homelessness, prostitution and street gangs.
This is why the CASA project was proposed by social workers and why the Foundation is enthusiastic about collaborating in this promising project. We want to offer security to these young people, so that they can make a better transition to adulthood. We believe that investing in them will allow them to become better contributing citizens of society.
The CASA project is designed for adolescents with adjustment difficulties who are preparing to leave a residential setting and take their first steps in adult life.
These young people, aged between 17 and 20 (18 and under at the time of application for this project), have experienced difficult times throughout their lives. When they leave their home environment, whether it is a foster family or a rehabilitation center, they find themselves without resources or a family network to help them.
The CASA project will help them to overcome this lack by offering them the necessary tools to succeed in their life project, to create a new network and to integrate into society.
"MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF YOUTH WITH AN EXTENSIVE HISTORY OF YOUTH PROTECTION EXPERIENCE AT LEAST ONE EPISODE OF HOMELESSNESS IN THE FIRST FEW YEARS AFTER LEAVING CARE."
The CASA project's service offer is based on approaches aimed at developing the youth's power to act on his or her situation. The rules in place will be those of normal life, in order to encourage the learning of a decision-making process and the requirements of an independent life, in order to prepare them for it. For example, the living environment is organized in such a way as to allow for basic learning, such as learning to cook, to pick up the mail, to maintain the living environment, etc. There will be no cook. The youth will have to learn how to plan their meals, from the purchase of food to its preparation. They can also organize their social activities according to their preferences, not according to the resource's pre-established schedule. This project remains in partnership with the institution and will be supervised by qualified clinical staff.
THE HOUSE IN DETAIL
The project consists in dedicating a place of accommodation, outside the rehabilitation campus, to the transition to adult life. The idea is to develop physical spaces under a "rooming house" model.
THIS HOUSE WILL HAVE BETWEEN 6 AND 8 ROOMS:
6 regular, medium and long term accommodation rooms.
2 rooms in short-term accommodation for former residents experiencing a difficult episode and needing an emergency place to avoid homelessness. The duration of the short-term accommodation will be an average of 3 months in order to allow the youth to mobilize his strengths and network.
Featuring a spacious place, specific to each youth. Each room will include the following:
Lamp and bedside table
A desk with a chair for working
Chests of drawers to store clothes and other personal items
An armchair for relaxation
A decorative budget to personalize their environment
There will be 2 options for the bathrooms:
All of this will adhere to the building code standards.
The kitchen should contain a large central island, as well as several refrigerators.
A large dining room table for approximately 10 people. In addition, each youth will have access to his or her own reserved space for food or other kitchen accessories. Additional cupboards will be available to all.
The living room will be common and therefore accessible to all and will be furnished according to the needs of the house.
OFFICE AND WORK AREA
A multi-purpose meeting room will be available for youth and practitioners. An office will be assigned to the coordinators.
Featuring, 2 washers and 2 dryers as well as a drying rack and cupboards.
Communication system set up between youth and staff to educate them to pick up mail.