We all need roots and wings.
Highland Homes will be located on 15 acres in suburban Lancaster County. Our philosophy is that connection and healing can change the trajectory of a child’s life. Our holistic approach gives older youth in foster care the security of roots by developing lifelong relationships and community involvement as well as the opportunity to develop wings as they learn skills and obtain resources for a brighter future. We believe ever young person is worth the investment.
We value and implement trauma informed methodology and relationship in all that we do. Full-time staff live on site, including the program director. Youth are matched with a mentor. All staff members and volunteers are trained in Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI). We gather for support, therapeutic sessions, meals, and fun!
At Highland Homes our holistic approach seeks to nurture the mind, body, soul, and spirit of youth in our care while assisting them to establish short- and long-term goals to develop roots and wings for a bright future.
Youth enjoy our animal assisted therapy. We believe that every person has a facet of spirituality. Our soul embodies our moral compass. We aimed to promote healing and growth in each of these areas.
We strive for educational growth and value a strong work ethic. Our goal is to aim for the most pure and basic nutrition and healthy environmental foundations to nourish our roots.
Upon exiting the agency’s care, the emerging adults have ongoing support from their acquired family at Highland Homes to celebrate their milestones and accomplishments. If the youth desire, they have a place to return home for holidays and when feasible, in crisis.
Youth who successfully complete the program will graduate with resources for independent housing to include all financial requirements for rent, basic utilities, necessary furnishings, and staples to launch them into adulthood. They have a post-discharge plan of employment and/or higher education. They also have the foundational roots to grow and the transitional tools to flourish.
Why the Homes?
In 2018, in Lancaster County alone, 40 youth exited foster care with no plan for permanent arrangements upon their departure. (Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, 2019)
After they turn 18, 20% of foster youth will immediately be homeless. (National Foster Youth Institute, 2017)
70% of foster children express a desire to attend college, but only 3% of foster youth who age out of foster care will earn a degree throughout their lifetime. (National Foster Youth Initiative, 2017)
In 2017, 40% of 19-year-olds who exited foster care reported receiving some kind of financial assistance. (U.S. Children’s Bureau)