community programs

For youth in the juvenile justice system

Juvenile Reporting Center (JRC)

JRC is the only 5-day-a-week after-school program locally for youth ages 14 to 17 on PINS (Person In Need of Supervision) probation or PINS Diversion. We provide transportation, dinner and social, recreational and learning activities. Villa staff monitor school attendance daily and advocate for needed educational supports, and link youth to needed mental health or chemical dependency services. JRC supports 15 youth for six months each, with 30 to 35 children served annually.

Villa Tracking Curfew Checking (VTCC)

Family court judges place youth, ages 10-17, on VTCC as an alternative to their being placed in Non-secure Detention while they are involved in a family court process. Daily curfew checks are completed to make sure youth are home by the curfew time set by the court. Monitoring of school attendance and reminders of court dates are provided to the youth. Enrollment enables youth to be home rather than in detention. Serving 20 youth at a time, we support 110 to 140 youth per year through this program.

For youth with mental health functional challenges

Waiver

Individualized care coordinators assess and link families with six services at home or in the community: skill building, respite, crisis response, family support, care coordination, and intensive in-home services. The goal of this program is to avoid or prevent pediatric psychiatric hospitalizations through intensive support and the development of a family's own natural support system. Serving youth ages 5 to 21, this program supports up to 24 children located in both Monroe and Wayne County.

Case Management

These home-based services work with youth ages 5 to 21 who have a mental health diagnosis, and focus on keeping them connected to their own communities. We partner with youth and their families to set individualized, goal-oriented plans, and we help to build a team of supports around the family, and client linkage and access to community resources. Villa of Hope serves approximately 250 youth at a time in these programs; 490 youth throughout 2015. Of those youth discharged from the program last year, 95% of them successfully remained in their homes.

Skill Building

Highly-trained Villa staff teach physical, social, cognitive, emotional and spiritual life skills to youth from age 5 through 21. We typically work with a young person and their family for 3 to 12 months, on a one-on-one basis and in group settings. In 2015, we served 221 youth and families from all programs combined. 129 youth were discharged from the skill building program in 2015, and 100% of these youth remained in their homes without the need for higher level of care outside of the home. 89% of those youth served successfully met their goals, which included independent living skills, coping skills, socialization, educational supports and community connections.

Respite

Our temporary, hourly care gives families a break from caregiving responsibilities to ease stress. Our staff provides supervised recreational activities one-on-one in a family’s home (ages birth to 21) or in a group setting (ages 5 to 17) at Canterbury Place, the only daytime respite of its kind in the region. We provide between 3-50 hours of respite care per month, for each of 40 families monthly.

For youth in foster care, leaving care, or at risk of needing foster care

Transitional Services

Supports adolescents (ages 16 to 20) in foster care who have a goal of discharging from foster care to independent living. Services offered include casework support around completing their education, seeking and maintaining employment, budgeting, obtaining and maintaining an apartment, linkage to needed community supports such as mental health or chemical dependency treatment as well as long term emotional support and consistency — all to ensure the transition is successful. This program serves 28 to 30 per year. Some live in our Community Apartment Program until age 21.

General Counseling

Our family-driven program serves parents whose children may be at risk of foster care placement due to unmet parent or child needs that could result in neglect or abuse. We help parents be less stressed and be the best parents they can be through individual and family counseling, parent skill training and education, casework, and advocacy services and by strengthening family’s informal supports. Serving 20 families at once, Villa of Hope provides general counseling to at least 30 families per year whose children range from birth to age 18.

Aftercare

This program is unique in Monroe County, serving families of youth ages 13 to 20 who are returning home after residential, group home or specialized foster care. We provide individual and family counseling, parenting support, life skills education, casework, and educational advocacy. We work on school truancy, disruptive behavior, family conflict, parenting skills, and the need for positive recreation activities or a job after school. Together, we work to strengthen the family’s ability to resolve issues, avoiding additional child welfare or juvenile justice system involvement. Aftercare serves up to 22 youth at once, totaling about 35 families per year.

Youth Mentor Program

This special program gives part-time jobs as peer mentors to four young adults, ages 18 to 25, in Monroe County who’ve had personal experience in juvenile justice, mental health, or the child welfare system. Our staff coach and supervise the mentors and help them build job readiness, empowerment and advocacy skills as they help other youth.