Ward Home, Inc.
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As the premier provider of independent living services for displaced foster youth in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Ward Home's mission is to train practical life skills to at-risk young adults in safe, nurturing environments so that they can go on to live independently as effective, contributing members of the community. Last fiscal year, Ward Home served approximately 138 foster teens and young adults, ages of 12 to 21, in two programs: the Supervised Independent Living Program (SIL) and the My Best Self Program. Ward Home’s SIL Program is a community-based, residential program that serves at-risk foster youth, between the ages of 16 to 21 years old, in apartment-style housing with 24-hour supervision. The SIL Program direct care staff guides the foster youth and encourages them to reach their personal goals, so that they can ultimately become independent. Our SIL Program provides life skills and job skills training in addition to providing foster youth a place to call home. Ward Home provides support in their academics; strengthens their employment retention; advises them on personal safety, health, and wellness; and guides them as they transition into adulthood. The My Best Self Program ensures that all foster youth in the county, between the ages of 12 to 21 years old, have access to hair care services and products, as well as hands-on role playing in social skills workshops. It empowers foster youth to look good, feel better & be their best self.