uly 4th is when all of the USA celebrates Independence Day!
There are also young men and women in Washington County that are getting ready to declare their own independence. Who are they? These 16-23 year olds are in a place called TLP. TLP stands for the Transitional Living Program. It serves those whose housing has been unstable because they have been sleeping in cars, in the open, or with friends. Some have been moving frequently from one relative to another or, with inadequate resources, parenting a child.
TLP provides them with the training and equipment that is needed to branch out on their own. They receive support in housing, financial education, skill building, recreational activities and the things needed to set up an apartment.
Oh yes, they are working! They save 30% of their income, attend high school or GED classes, community college, or a certification program and meet with a counselor regularly if needed.
People from our local Cypress Branch Auxiliary of Boys and Girls Aid travel once a month to provide training in cooking, money management, sewing, library use, or other things needed. We also provide equipment such as pots and pans, bedding, towels, etc. The goal for these ‘kids’ is for them to be able to branch out on their own, rent and set up an apartment.
The Cypress Branch of BGA was founded in 1990 by a group of 17 purposeful women in our community. In support of Boys and Girls Aid we are also the ones who put on the Crab and Rib Dinner. If you would like more information about us call Maureen Larson at 503-694-8626. Join us in September for a luncheon at Springridge on the third Friday at 11:30.
In the words of John Muir: “The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” Let’s help these young men and women have a really GOOD look at the world before it gets dark for them.
Source: M. Wiesenthal. 7.10.17