Life Readiness Program
The Life Readiness Program assists residents by providing specialized life skills to acquaint them with the realities of independent life, encourage personal growth and development, and empower them to make well-rounded decisions. The Life Readinss Program is geared toward residents ages 15 - 20, who have maintained satisfactory educational progress, have demonstrated the ability to function appropriately with a minimal level of supervision, and have consistently utilized appropriate social skills and coping mechanisms. Residents are expected to maintain gainful employment or to volunteer in the community while in the program.
The Life Readiness Program provides the following services in addition to those outlined in the Basic Program:
- Life Skills Assessments
- Career Interest Inventories
- Vocational Services
- Advanced Living Skills
- Community Outreach Exposure
- Comprehensive Discharge Planning
A life skills assessment is conducted at the time of admission to identify areas of training and education to be provided through Individual Service Planning. Residents are offered the opportunity to practice experiential living skills on a daily basis to strengthen existing skills and learn new skills. Comprehensive training is provided in the areas of money management and consumer awareness, food management, personal appearance, health issues, housekeeping, transportation planning, educational and career planning, job seeking skills, job maintenance skills, emergency and safety skills, knowledge of community resources, interpersonal skills, legal skills, leisure activities, housing arrangements, and spirituality. Progress is monitored on a monthly basis to continually assess areas of need. A variety of planned life skill activities are delivered to our residents on a weekly basis to promote positive skill development.
Residents are also involved with a variety of community resources to enhance their personal development and plan for the future. Comprehensive discharge planning involves assistance in seeking employment, housing, and community support services in their chosen community following discharge. Residents who complete the Supervised Independent Living Program leave with confidence, dignity, and the skills to function independently.