Inspiritus has launched a new program focused on ending youth homelessness in Atlanta. The first program of its kind in Georgia, the THRIVE! Youth Host Home program provides welcoming spaces for young adults (ages 18-24) who are experiencing homelessness to live safely as they figure out their next steps and secure more permanent housing.
THRIVE! is designed to be temporary housing, and youth can stay in the host home for as little as a couple of nights up to nine months. The program places special emphasis on being inclusive and supportive of youth who identify as LGBTQ and youth who have aged out of foster care. In addition to housing, youth in the program will receive ongoing support, including education and employment assistance and other case management services.
“Inspiritus is honored to have been selected by the City of Atlanta to pilot this youth-focused program, one of many initiatives the city is implementing to reduce homelessness around the metro area,” says John Moeller, CEO, Inspiritus.
“One of the aspects of the program that is so special is that it emphasizes youth choice. We’re placing youth in supportive environments based on their needs and goals and preferences around how each individual does ‘home.’” says Alix Janke, Program Manager, Inspiritus.
Inspiritus is currently seeking compassionate individuals and families who are interested in opening their home to youth experiencing homelessness. Training is provided.
Bishop Julian Gordy of the ELCA Southeastern Synod gave this encouragement to individuals and families considering opening their home: “Some people will think it’s a big risk, but it's important to take the risk. Important for the youth, of course, but it's important for the whole society we live in. When more people grow up, knowing that they are supported and cared for, so many of the things that people often struggle with in later years, won’t be such difficulties.”
Are you interested in learning more about how you can become a host home or support host homes by donating, volunteering or advocating? Join us for an open house at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany (2089 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307). Registration is not required.
For more information on getting involved with Thrive! Youth Host Homes, visit weinspirit.org/thrive or contact Inspiritus Youth Host Home recruiter Fran Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org