Testimonials

Amber,

I was in Transitional Housing from July 2003 to July 2004. I’m doing great and I thank Krista and its staff for working with me and helping me develop the skills that I needed to learn before I emancipated out of the foster care system.

I am currently working two jobs, about 30-50 hours a week. During the day, I work at the California Department of Social Services, working with the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Office. And at night, I work at a Mexican restaurant. I’m also attending Sacramento City College. My major is social work. I still live independently. I’ve been able to maintain all my bills and keep an apartment for almost two years. If there was advice that I could give to current foster youth who are planning on getting into Transitional Housing, I would say these few things:

– Save as much money as you can—get a part-time job while in school. The more money you save, the more it’s going to help you out.

– Make goals while in THPP. Have something to look forward to when you get out of THPP.

– Go to college. It’s free and there’s so much money out there for foster youth.

– Don’t break the rules.

THPP is there to help you, they are giving you a chance to grow as a person and live independently. For instance, we’re older, we don’t want to be in foster homes or in unfamiliar places. That’s why THPP is so good because it gives you a chance before you’re 18 and while you’re still in high school to establish your own life. It’s well worth it in the long run and it definitely pays off in the end.

I’ve learned a lot from the program director and THPP. I was very lucky to walk away and learn so much. If it wasn’t for THPP, I probably wouldn’t be where I’m at today. It helped me get a taste of the “real world” before I had to actually go in it. It’s not an easy road at all, but what I learned in THPP definitely made that road a lot easier.

Amanda

Being in Krista Transitional Housing Placement Program was one of my best experiences while being in foster care. All the staff was extremely compassionate and friendly.

Before I went into the program, I believed I knew just about everything I would need to know to be out on my own. But really, I had a lot to learn. Through the trainings and consistent help from my wonderful mentor and my awesome case managers, I learned so much that has helped me live on my own.

When I first got in the program and really realized everything that involved being on my own and being successful, I became completely terrified. But, after time and with loving help from my mentor and case managers, I became completely relaxed with the idea of living on my own. I was not one bit edgy when it was time for me to leave. Through the variety of help Krista and others gave me, I had just about all I needed for my own apartment. They even helped me develop my own savings that helped me to buy my first car all on my own! I believe the most important skill that I learned was how to live on my own rather than having to rely on others to make it.

I definitely believe T.H.P.P. was one of the main reasons I have been able to be so successful. However, I know the dearest and most important experience in the program was all the wonderful friendships I made, and all the wonderful people who were so happy to help. All of them will be part of my heart forever.

Zachary

I was one of the first teens to go into T.H.P.P. in Redding. At first the program was really easy. Then, about a month after I was in, it got really hard. I had no job, no money, and no car. I hated having to walk everywhere, so I talked to the program director at that time and asked if I could buy a car. At first, he said no. I needed to show that I could be responsible. I stayed out of trouble and tried to get a job. I showed them that I could be responsible. I got my car. But it was not easy.

When I sat down with my case manager to do my budgets, he helped it make sense to me. My case manager taught me how to save about $100 a month. For a while, I was always going to fast food and eating out. I didn’t know how to cook much. I could cook steak, mac and cheese, and any microwavable food. But that got really expensive, and I was sick of eating the same thing over and over again. I asked Krista staff if they could teach me how to cook. And now, every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas my family makes me cook the ham. It is the best ham ever.

I am attending Shasta College in hopes of getting a job with the Highway Patrol. I work full-time at Turtle Bay as a supervisor for security. I have my own apartment in Redding and plan to get married in September of 2006.

T.H.P.P. is a great program and I recommend it to anyone in foster homes or group homes. This program will teach you how to budget your money, help you with school, show you how to get a car, and teach you just about any life skills you need to live in the world on your own.