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Transitional Living for Young Women

Growing in Community

For many young unhoused women, a stable, self-sufficient life doesn’t seem possible. It’s our privilege to come alongside them, and through a safe, supportive home and wrap-around services, offer young adult women and single mothers a path to financial independence and emotional health.

Both our transitional living programs feature residential staff, who provide healthy role models for family life as well as spiritual guidance. All residents work with a case manager to achieve specific, personal goals to grow life skills and transition successfully into living independently.

Residents can participate in:

  • Counseling
  • Employment and career assistance
  • Financial counseling
  • Parenting classes
  • Access to medical and mental health services
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Transitions Program

Jubilee Village

What are the housing options?

Foster Parent Recruitment

Transitions Program

Transitions Program

Transitions, a program of Outreach Wheaton, primarily serves young women ages 17 to 24 who are unhoused. Case management within the context of community living is at the heart of Transitions. Residents have a safe and supportive home life, coupled with personalized support, structure, and trusting relationships between residents, their foster parents or host families, and the Transitions Program staff.

  • Participants learn skills and develop personal habits that help them become financially and emotionally independent and transition successfully into adulthood.
  • Residents are responsible for contributing toward the cost of their care through part-time employment that covers a program fee and their personal expenses.
  • They can access community resources and obtain services for themselves such as career, education, medical and mental health services, and the spiritual care necessary for their well-being.

Jubilee Village

Jubilee Village

A transitional housing program for single, formerly unhoused mothers, Jubilee Village serves women between the ages of 18 and 24 and their children. The program addresses the myriad needs of its residents, many of whom come with histories of family discord and domestic violence, and without financial resources or job skills.

Young mothers benefit from wrap-around services, including: 

  • Safe and secure housing
  • Counseling
  • Case management
  • Financial planning
  • Parenting classes
  • Job skills training
  • Mentoring from experienced live-in couples on each floor 

To qualify, participants must:

  • Be between the ages 18 to 24
  • Be pregnant with their first child or parenting one child
  • Be homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Have a valid driver’s license

While in the program, residents must secure and maintain employment; attend weekly case management sessions; participate in a weekly community meal with fellow residents and house parents; attend college or vocational training based on their education goals.

 

What are the housing options?

What are the housing options?

The Transitions Program has a variety of housing options depending on the individual’s needs. 

  • Private, licensed foster care homes are available for residents who are finishing up high school and making the transition to college or vocational training. 
  • Other participants may receive help to reside with host families that the resident is acquainted with, or at Hawthorne House.
  • Some participants may eventually receive help securing their own apartment with a roommate after they graduate from vocational training programs or junior college and secure full-time employment.
  • Foster parents and host families oversee the day-to-day family life in their homes and are responsible for the residents while they reside in their home. They set household expectations and see that these expectations are met by the residents.

Jubilee Village is a 17-unit apartment building in Carol Stream. Residents live in a one-, two- or three-bedroom unit. 

  • Experienced couples reside at the facility, volunteering their services as house parents. 
  • They offer guidance and support, helping to maintain a safe and loving community. 
  • On-site case managers work with the residents to develop case plans designed to help the young women successfully achieve their goals.

Foster Parent Recruitment

Foster Parent Recruitment

Private foster care parents serve in two capacities at Outreach Wheaton. The first capacity provides for emergency or short-term care for an at-risk teen aged 11-17 who has been abruptly displaced from the home. The second capacity provides longer term housing for youth entering the Transitions Program. Families who are interested in serving as foster parents are encouraged to call the staff at Outreach Wheaton for a consultation.

Have questions?

For more information on Transitional Housing Services, contact Outreach Wheaton during office hours at

(630) 682-1910

"If I hadn’t found Outreach, I wouldn’t have graduated. I’d be without God, and I’d be without family."

Jessie, Transitions graduate