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River City Youth Collective helps John Find a new home


*Photos above are of John and the RCYC staff and John in his new room.*

John, an 18 year old foster client of Partnership's Independent Living Program, now has a new place to call home! Partnership's collaboration with Victory Lap out of Nashville, TN, East Ridge Residence and the Tennessee Department of Children's Services has provided the opportunity for John to live in a senior living apartment of East Ridge Residence while continuing to benefit from Partnership's River City Youth Collective (RCYC) Life Skills Programs.

Victory Lap and RCYC let people between 18 and 21 aging out of foster care transition into a new support system and live at a senior residence home. Sarah Elghalban, director of RCYC, believes that the Victory Lap program holistically addresses the major obstacles that face youth aging out of the foster care system. These youth are disproportionately at risk for never completing higher education, homelessness, incarceration, unemployment, and substance abuse and addiction problems. This is an innovative solution that not only provides them with safe housing, employment, education, and life skills, but also with a community of caring, supportive adults. This combination of services and resources addresses all of the areas required to set our youth up for overcoming their obstacles and achieving sustainable independence and stability for their futures.

John likes his new home. "Everyone has helped me out, this is way better than where I was before." John will spend his time working in the kitchens at East Ridge Residence and getting to know the senior residence.