Casa de Amparo: Fostering Transitions to Adulthood

November 8, 2015

Casa de Amparo’s mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships. Partnering with the greater San Diego community, we assure that children, teens and families receive unique and innovative services for healing, for stopping child mistreatment of any kind and for ending generational cycles of abuse. The result is a community where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated and where child abuse awareness and prevention are priorities.

Youth affected by the trauma of child abuse and neglect have a 40 percent chance of becoming homeless and a 50 percent chance of being unemployed by age 24.

Common obstacles for transition age youth include finding stable housing, maintaining viable employment, securing financial resources and accessing community services and public social supports. The challenges are even greater in San Diego County, which has one of the highest costs of living in the nation.

Providers such as Casa de Amparo are responsible for ensuring these vulnerable youth are given access to therapeutic services and resources that initiate the recovery process and accelerate them toward long-term independence in our community. By assisting youth as they overcome the trauma of abuse and the transition to independence, we are able to prepare them to excel at the next stage in their lives.

Our New Directions transitional housing program helps young adults ages 18 to 25 during their transition from the foster care system to independence. The program provides low-cost housing, basic necessities, counseling, job placement, education and life skills.

When New Directions participants emancipate from foster care, they are required to become self-sufficient at a time in their lives when they lack the resources and education to achieve this on their own.

Casa de Amparo fills this need by providing youth the support system to excel toward independence and actively gain self-sufficiency. One way this is accomplished is by assisting with safe, comfortable housing and household items such as kitchen supplies and tools, bedding, rugs, towels and bathroom products. Casa de Amparo aims to meet these basic needs so youth can focus on making healthy decision regarding their future goals.

 

Tamara Fleck-Myers, LMFT

Executive Director, Casa de Amparo

www.casadeamparo.org

 

Help create a happy home for all by providing any of the following in-kind items to Casa de Amparo’s transition age youth.

  • Bath towels
  • Wash cloths
  • Shower curtains/Rings/Liners
  • Bath mats
  • Toothbrushes/Floss
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Kitchen towels
  • Pot & pan sets
  • Toasters
  • Tupperware
  • Mixing bowl sets
  • Trash cans/Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sponges/Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry baskets