Operated currently by the Methodist Home for Children, the transitional living homes in New Bern, Raleigh and Winston-Salem are six to 12 month residential programs that help youth leaving a youth development center and/or a Level II residential program build the skillsets they need to live independently. Major program components of these transitional homes include education, employment, group activities, money management, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, community volunteering, and independent living group activities. With the assistance of on-site staff and community partners, the youth learn how to budget, meal plan, develop a resume, interview for a job, negotiate salary, manage a cell phone, earn their driver license, and open a bank account.
The Transitional Living Home programs serve males and females ages 16-20 who are in need of step-down services from a youth development center, other Level II residential programs or are juveniles living in the community who are in need of transitional living services. Typically these youth have had significant juvenile court involvement including multiple adjudications for person and property offenses prior to their commitment to a youth development center or court ordered placement into a Level II residential program. Other characteristics found in these youth include substance abuse, gang involvement and family discord. It is important that juveniles have a desire to complete educational goals and explore their vocational interests. Enrollment in school and/or employment is required as part of the transitional living home model. Juveniles most appropriate for transitional living homes willingly accept and understand that their home environments are not conducive to supporting their success and are internally motivated to achieve their goals.
The Craven Transitional Living Program can serve six youth at a time and approximately 17 youth annually; the North Hills Transitional Living Program can serve five youth at a time and approximately 11 youth annually. The Forsyth Transitional Living Program opened on May 11, 2020.
CRAVEN TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM - New Bern (Males)
FORSYTH TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM - Winston-Salem (Males)
NORTH HILLS TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM - Raleigh (Females)
UNION TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM - Monroe (Females and Males)