Roots & Wings recognizes the overwhelming need for safe housing for those aging out of the foster care system. Nationally, 12 to 24 months after aging out of the system, 40% of these young adults are homeless, 25% have a high school diploma and only half are employed. Of the young adults seeking services from Roots & Wings, 50% were homeless at the time of intake. The majority of the other 50% reported living in an unstable environment.
Currently, Roots & Wings houses eight young adults throughout the Morris County and four in Union County. Our program is unique in that our clients reside in apartments throughout the community rather than in a "group home" setting. We believe that by living within the community, they learn first-hand the skills needed to live successfully and independently.
While in the program, each young adult must be involved in furthering his/her education, work part-time (at minimum), meet weekly with the Roots & Wings case manager, and meet weekly with his/her mentor. The intensity of this program, combined with the motivation of each young adult, contributes to the overwhelming success of each individual in the program.