Can you believe it? A year has passed since I last wrote about our progress. Well, I am happy to report that we are slowing gaining momentum. We continue to offer workshops, advice (when asked), and support to our youths. People are starting to notice what we are doing and we are forming new alliances with other nonprofits who are also working with youths in care. While we are happy about this progress, and happy that the youths are finally able to distinguish us from others (we had often been confused with P.A.L., the Preparation for Adult Living program offered through CPS, since we work with them a lot), we now find that we have a serious need ourselves. We need an office and/or land to construct "The Dorm". Every year that goes by we find out about youths who really need a place to transition from foster care to independence. Too many of our youths are ending up at homeless shelters and this truly saddens us. We need a benefactor with a heart, a big heart for youths leaving care. If anyone knows of someone who might be willing to donate an office (for now) or land, please get in touch. In the meantime, we'll still keep praying, doing what we are meant to do, and keep growing.
Mary E. Valdez is one of the co-founders of YTIA, an attorney with an interest in (hopefully) making things a little bit better.