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Transitional Housing Programs (THP)

20% of youth who age out of foster care immediately become homeless. The THP fights this statistic by providing these youth with safe apartment housing. Rent and utilities are paid for and basic home furnishing is provided. Participants also receive life-skills classes, professional support and essential linkages to ensure a self-sufficient life after graduating from the program.

Transitional Housing Program Video Produced with a grant from New York Film Academy - Los Angeles Director: Lucia Florez; Producer: Drama Del Rosario: Director of Photography: Faisal Aldakheel: Sound Mixer: Asem Nurlanova: Editor: Lucia Florez

David and Margaret is one of the leading regional providers of services and programs for young adults transitioning out of foster care and into independent living. Some of the services provided include:

  • case management
  • life skills workshops, such as money management, cooking, and more
  • social events such as outings to museums, etc.
  • vocational training
  • paid internships
  • individual mental health services
  • career coaching
  • educational support including high school diploma completion and pursuing post secondary degrees

For more information

Talk to your county social worker, or come to one of our orientations held every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Transitional Living Programs Department, Whitney Building, First Floor. 

D&M offers different types of independent living programs for young adults.

For 18-21 year olds with open cases at DCFS (If you are interested and your case is closed, click here for assistance):

For 21-25 year olds who have a closed DCFS case: 

Rapid Re-Housing program for young adults over 18 years of age that focuses on moving youth that are homeless into housing as quickly as possible

  • For information please send an email  regarding the Rapid Re-housing program. 

For more info about Transitional Living Programs for youth aging out of foster care, please reach out to:

Brianna Ascenio
Administrative assistant (909) 596-5921 x3226

Meet Jazmin!

Meet Jazmin!

At 18 years old, Jazmin was homeless and living in a car. She was a good person, a hard worker, an athlete. She had the recipe for success, only missing a capable adult equipped with the skill and compassion to set her up for adulthood. Jazmin and her older siblings were removed from their bio mom when she was 12 months old and she was placed with relatives shortly after. Unfortunately, this was not the best place for Jazmin, and every day was a struggle.

After years of belittling and neglect, she left her house and family behind. She was living in a car, but it was a step up from where she came from. “It was scary, I was alone and I hate being alone and it was dark,” she remembers. “It was rough. But I had to get through it, and I’m just so thankful that I’m not in that situation anymore.”

The parent of a friend, who happened to be a social worker, discovered Jazmin’s situation and decided to take action. “She was the biggest help in the world,” Jazmin shares. For months they worked tirelessly to get Jazmin the support she needed, eventually finding the Transitional Housing Program at David & Margaret. “On December 1st, they told me they had an apartment for me and I was so excited,” Jazmine recalls. “I cried. I still cry. It’s such a blessing. Where would I have gone? Where would my life be now if this didn’t work out for me?”

Once she moved into her apartment, she was able to focus on her schooling and graduated a few months later! “I didn’t have to worry about trying to make it through the day,” Jazmin states. “This way I could sit down, focus on what I need to, and not have to worry about anything else.”  Two weeks after graduating, Jazmin had interviewed with Dave and Maggie’s Café and was hired on as an employee. “There are so many things throughout this journey that I never thought I could do, and I’m doing them. And so I think this journey is a blessing.”

Jazmin sees her success as a credit to the woman who helped her get on her feet, who went to court with her, helped her re-open her foster case, and helped her find a home. A caring adult who saw her potential and helped her achieve everything she was capable of. A true testament that one caring adult has the power to transform the life of a child in need.

Jazmin is an absolute delight, we’re thrilled she’s a part of the Dave and Maggie’s team. She’s a great gal, stop by and say hello, we know you’ll love her!

If you’d like to open your heart and help a youth live up to their potential we invite you to attend our Foster Parent Information Session or contact us at 1-800-4-FOSTER or foster@davidandmargaret.org

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    140

  • Volunteer Hours

    223

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    40

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