The Bridge

The Bridge, is a program, for young adults who have aged out of care in the Child Protective System. In El Salvador, children age out of children’s homes at the age of 18, but we believe it is important to support our young adults as they finish their studies and transition into independent life. Whether it be finishing high school, getting a college degree or vocational training, our desire is to help each young person to reach his or her full potential.

We currently have two homes, one for young men and one for young women, who are overseen by our transition home coordinator. The homes are much like a dorm setting in the United States where a residential assistant live in the home and serve to guide and support the young adults in decision-making, independent life skills, and the development of interpersonal relationships. Our young adults learn to plan and cook their meals, manage their money, ride public transportation, do their own laundry, and take care of the home while studying. Each young adult is expected to acquire either an internship or part-time work within the first year of graduating from high school. Our desire is to help prepare them academically and/or vocationally, emotionally and spiritually for independent living.

Young Men’s Home

This home was a generous donation from a local businessman and was designed for our children who are over 18 years old. In El Salvador, children age out of children’s homes at the age of 18, but we believe it is important to support our young adults as they finish their studies and transition into independent life. Whether it be finishing high school, getting a college degree or vocational training, our desire is to help each young person to reach his or her full potential.

Young Women’s Home

Research clearly shows that with traumatic backgrounds, maturation can be slowed and 18 years for one may not be 18 years for someone who has had more placed on them than many of us can ever imagine. Thus, our hopes of bridging the gap from dependence to independence with the skills, tools and support that will lead to brighter futures.

Testimonies

One of the purposes of our transition program, The Bridge, is to provide resources for young adults to mature and grow in an environment that nurtures the faith and values they learned in La Casa de mi Padre. It is a continuing on….towards independence. And one of the ways of continuing on is through education. Casa de mi Padre believes that education is one of the key elements in breaking chains of the poverty and being able to sustain an independent life.

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