A Community of Foster Youth Becoming Independent
Our mission is to care for vulnerable and orphaned children, primarily kids who are aging out of the foster care system, by providing the community, resources, permanency, and support they need to succeed independently.
Finally Family Homes will own an acre of land with a small home for up to 6 foster youth 18-21, a large garage for building tiny homes, and a community room for events, classes, and holiday gatherings. As they transition into independence, youth will help build their own tiny homes which they will take with them when they graduate the program.
A Permanent Home
The land will always be owned by Finally Family Homes and always be a home for kids to return and find support and family for holidays or in tough times. There will be 6 spots available for kids to park their tiny homes, should they fall on hard times and need a place to crash while they get back on their feet.
Experts agree that having a sense of home is pivotal to well-being and success. The mentor family will invest and invite the foster youth into their personal lives. Finally Family Homes uniquely offers continued accessibility to all former residents as a “home” they can always turn to as they would a family, visiting for holidays and providing a place to land in times of hardship.
Once we acquire a property, housing will be available for the youth 18-21 who are ready for that next step to transition out of foster care.
In addition to providing housing, we also have a few additional programs to help us
- tiny homes cost a fraction of the cost of low income housing developments – making ownership attainable for the kids
- tiny home ownership means building personal wealth and responsibility
- tiny home shared areas encourage opportunities for interaction and building community connections
- tiny homes are portable and can move with the kids as they venture out on their own
- affordable housing is incredibly difficult to find in the Los Angeles area. tiny homes can be parked in the back yards of nicer neighborhoods for a fraction of the cost of renting an apartment in the worst part of town
- foster youth will participate in the building of their own home, creating confidence and skills
On the property, we plan to have organic gardens cared for an maintained by the residents. Gardening can be a powerful teaching tool to help kids learn many of the basic life skills such as responsibility, patience, and a sense of accomplishment. In addition, gardening has therapeutic advantages. Gardening allows the kids to engage all of their senses – felling the dirt, seeing the variety of plants, smelling the blossoms, and tasting the produce. Gardening encourages healthy eating and helps kids connect to the world around them. They learn to interact with their environment and experience the impacts of their care or neglect. This meta-analysis of 22 case studies found that those who garden are more likely to experience benefits, “such as reductions in depression, anxiety, and body mass index, as well as increases in life satisfaction, quality of life, and sense of community.”
We plan to follow the Growing Great Program, a nutritional education program that connects with gardening lessons and empowers youth to make healthy food choices. We think it’s a great fit for aging out foster youth and achieving the vision long-term.