Transitional Living Program for Young Adults

One of the Leading & Most Effective Transitional Living Programs for Young Adults

Journey Home East is the perfect transitional living program, fit porchfor young women who are ready to build upon skills learned in therapeutic settings but recognize they still need guidance and support to further develop their success. Journey Home East students attend transitional living program that includes a local high school or college, or they work at a local job. After school or work, Students return to the home setting with other Journey Home East students and staff.

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Journey Home East helps young adults from all over the country find their purpose & plan for the future.

Journey Home East blends a traditional home setting with positive peer and staff relationships in their transitional living program. This means that our students live in a warm, inviting home setting with other young girls who are also coming out of treatment programs. The setting includes the comforts of home including a kitchen with food in the fridge, television, and a friendly neighborhood environment—while still having staff members who mentor, educate, and guide the young women.

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Journey Home East is an excellent step-down, transitional program for girls who have graduated an RTC, therapeutic wilderness program, or other therapeutic program that continue to need a supportive environment and culture to support them in their ongoing goals. Journey Home East is not just for Solstice East graduates, but any girl aged 16-21 who has completed a therapeutic program and is committed to ongoing success and progress.

Journey Home East is a community-based step-down program focused on the five core principles ofIMG_7740 adolescent and young adult development:

  1. Healthy Living – includes holistic emphasis on several needs including mental/emotional, physical, relational/social, spiritual
  2. Education – including high school, college, vocational, skills and interests assessment and development.
  3. Life Skills – Financial (budgeting, balancing check book, saving), daily living (cleaning, hygiene, etc), shopping, cooking, organizational & time management skills, job searching including resume writing, interview skills, etc.
  4. Personal Responsibility – time management, task completion, keeping commitments
  5. Social Integration – community service, recreational activities, dating, healthy socialization & group activities

Our program seeks to instill these 5 principles by providing an environment that:

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  • Is drug-free, alcohol-free, tobacco-free-including random drug and nicotine testing
  • Is administered with a “conservative parenting style”.
  • Allows for attendance at public or private high school, community college or university
  • Encourages part-time employment and/or service opportunities
  • Provides regular physical fitness and recreational activities
  • Teaches self-sufficiency through meal preparation, grocery shopping, budgeting, etc.
  • Provides individual, family and group therapies

Located in a close-knit cul-de-sac neighborhood, there is no better place for a teenager or young adult female who has graduated from an RTC, therapeutic wilderness program or therapeutic boarding school to be reintroduced into community-based living.

Journey Home East is not necessarily a correct fit for every girl in these situations. The profile of a girl who is a good fit and includes the following:Picture2

  • 16-21 yrs old
  • Has recently successfully completed a therapeutic program
  • Is committed to ongoing goals including sobriety; including no tobacco.
  • Has a plan for ongoing success.
  • Has demonstrated a degree of responsible decision-making and good judgment.
  • Can manage fair amount of freedom to make choices, set schedule and keep commitments.
  • Has average IQ or above.

While Journey Home East is a significant “step-down” in structure from a therapeutic program like an RTC, it has no phases or level systems. However, girls do progress to higher levels of privileges and freedom as they demonstrate responsibility, and the ability to manage the freedom they have. Some of the privileges girls will earn as they demonstrate responsible decision making include:

  • Having their own cell phone
  • Having computer with internet access
  • Ability to get a part time job
  • Ability to socialize with friends away from the house during their free time
  • Ability to attend social events like dances, movies, outings, concerts, dates etc.
  • Ability to invite friends to the house to hang out.

backyardIn addition to weekly meetings with their individual therapist, Journey Home clients also meet regularly with their guide. A “guide” is a journey home houseparent that is assigned to an individual client. Each client has a guide that acts as a mentor, and advocate for the client. Their role is to help support the client in keeping focused on their goals and objectives relative to the five core principles identified above. The guide becomes a great asset for each client; another person they can reach out to for support, advice direction, etc, in helping then achieve their goals. These meetings help the clients stay focused on their priorities, rather than allowing distractions to get them off track. They become an invaluable resource in helping the girls progress in their journey and apply the skills they are learning in effective ways.

 

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