The Mission will soon be launching a new transitional program for young women. The program, for women ages 18–21, seeks to provide housing for young women who have aged out of the foster care system. In order to be accepted, a young woman must fill out an application and participate in an informal interview to determine if she is a right fit for the program. Applications will be accepted beginning May 1. An official name for the program will be announced at the Lincoln Homeless Coalition meeting on April 26.
The program will last for a full year, and there are two tracks: one for single women and one for current and expectant mothers. Each track is made of five different elements geared toward helping women explore their passions and recognize their unique gifts. Each week, women will attend life skills classes, have casework and house meetings, contribute to house chores, serve in outreach, and attend a recovery session. Each woman is also required to pursue education or employment while enrolled in the program. The goal is to graduate confident women who are prepared to live independently.
Mission staff member Allison Hraban is the director of the new program. According to Hraban, the Mission is exploring additional ways to help set these young women up for long-term success.
“We’re really concerned with permanency,” said Hraban. “…How we set young women up even after they’ve left. We just don’t want to leave them high and dry.” In order to achieve success in that area, the program will need support from the local community.
“First and foremost, we need people who are willing to pray for these young women and our program,” said Hraban. “We could also really use consistent and committed mentors, teachers, babysitters—individuals who have a heart for these women.” The consistency in volunteers and staff will help give young women a sense of stability, important for moving forward independently.
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Then join the Mission as an intern for the fall semester of our youth program, Club EDEFY! Club EDEFY is a Monday through Friday program designed for our residents ages 5-18. The program includes the Homework Club (3:45-4:45p.m. in the Chapel) and the Youth Program (6:00-7:15p.m. in the Recreation Center).
The intern will work at least 10 hours per week and will help plan, implement, and supervise the Homework Club and Youth Program. The individual should be prepared to provide leadership and guidance to our nightly volunteers (mainly Concordia College students and Union College students, though community volunteers will also join in the program) in order to demonstrate the love of Christ to participating kids and foster trust, safety, creativity, and acceptance through consistent teamwork.
College students who need volunteer/intern hours and have a passion for working with youth are encouraged to apply. This is a non-paid position, but can count for college credit. The intern would also be able to enjoy dinner with us each evening.
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Saturday's storm took a toll on our phone system. The only way to contact us currently is through our direct line at 402.475.1303 and we are, unfortunately, unable to call out. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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