Independent Living

Creating a Path to Independence

We help to empower teens to navigate adulthood with confidence and success.

When young adults in foster care reach 18, they often face the daunting challenge of “aging out” of the system. Without adequate preparation, the transition to independent living can be overwhelming. At Saint Francis Ministries, we provide not just instruction and skills, but also a robust support system to ensure a smooth and successful journey into adulthood.

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Building Bridges to Self-Reliance

Navigating the complexities of adulthood is particularly challenging for those without the guidance of caring adults. This places youth at increased risk of homelessness, unemployment, health issues, incarceration, dependence on welfare, early parenthood, and vulnerability to various adversities. In our service regions, Saint Francis Ministries stands as a beacon of hope. While our programs vary by state, our comprehensive approach includes mentoring, development of independent living skills, and tangible resources such as rent assistance and educational support.

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Youth that leave foster care nationwide without a family or permanent home.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Independent Living is a program designed to support young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. It offers guidance, resources, and skills training to help these individuals successfully transition to self-sufficient adult life.

The program is primarily targeted at young adults aged 18 and older who are transitioning out of the foster care system. Eligibility may vary based on individual circumstances and the specific regulations of each state.

We offer a wide range of support, including mentoring, assistance with job and college applications, practical money management guidance, and resources for rent and educational assistance. Program specifics can vary by state.

Participants in the program gain essential life skills, increased self-confidence, and a better chance at a stable, successful adult life. They are less likely to experience homelessness, unemployment, and other challenges faced by those who age out of foster care without support.

Join Our Mission


Your contributions, whether refurbished technology like computers and cell phones or financial support, are invaluable. Churches, individuals, and civic groups play a crucial role in enriching our Independent Living program. Every donation creates a ripple effect of positive change.

Reach Out Today

Whether you’re a young adult seeking guidance or someone looking to contribute to the support system for these individuals, Saint Francis Ministries invites you to connect with us. Learn more about how we can help navigate the complexities of transitioning to independent living, ensuring every young person has the foundation they need to thrive.

Reach out today and take a step towards building a brighter, more secure future.

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