What is Roots & Wings?
Roots & Wings Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 1999. What started as a collaborative, community-based volunteer operation has grown into a well-established organization made up of professional staff, trained mentors and dedicated volunteers. From the beginning, Roots & Wings has been client-centered, providing nurturing support, safe housing, educational support and practical life skills to young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system. Roots & Wings provides a foundation for this high-risk population of disadvantaged young adults on which they can build by replacing dependency with self-sufficiency.
Programs and Services Provided
Roots & Wings offers two programs―a comprehensive Safe Housing and Case Management Programs with tracks for youths who have completed high school and those who have not yet received diplomas, and an Intensive Case Management Program (for those on our waiting list for a residential placement and those who already have stable housing). These programs are available to those young adults ages 17 through 25 who have experienced foster care or other out of home placements at some point during their lives.
Through intensive work with a licensed social worker, a case manager and the supportive guidance of a mentor, these young adults receive 24/7 on-call support, educational support, financial and budget planning, life-skills training, and counseling. Each young adult’s program is individualized to his or her specific needs and goals, creating the best possible environment for building a successful future.