This is the number of children who can be in foster care in the state of Nebraska each year.
What happens when they turn 19? It can mean the array of foster care support and services once received, is gone.
Like anyone, having stable relationships, managing good health, learning to make successful financial decisions, and acquiring good life skills is just the beginning of what these young adults will need in their future. It may seem easy for us, but these young adults need a helping hand. They need us and here is how we can help…
We can be the bridge to a positive new relationship with a young person.
We can provide a warm blanket covering a young person’s first bed.
We can provide that right outfit for a job interview.
We can set the dinner table with all the trimmings.
We can provide home décor items to glam up their new place.
We can fill a bathroom so it’s overflowing with all the essentials.
Be a mentor, provide kitchen, living, bathroom, and bedroom supplies. Donate clothing for 19-25 year olds or provide financial support. It takes one phone or email to make a difference today.
Through Partnership 4 Hope's connections in the community we are able to provide pantries of food, quilts, cleaning supplies and emergency financial support.
Partnership 4 Hope screens and trains all of our mentors and prepares them for a partnership with YAFFY's. Partnership 4 Hope provides ongoing support to the mentor/mentee relationship and periodic collaborations of mentors.
WHO WE ARE
It started with an idea between David W. James, Adam Gaines, and Keenan Page who have been involved for several years in initiatives supporting young adults who have “aged out” of the Nebraska foster care system. They realized youth who exit the foster care system face significant challenges on their path to independent living. Partnership 4 Hope was proposed to the case managers working with this population and to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, all of whom supported the concept as a means of addressing this very critical need.
As a result, Partnership 4 Hope was created along with the Truck Brigade, Youth Mart and Mentoring Program. The Truck Brigade solicits and picks up donations of furniture and other items necessary for setting up a household, and takes them to a central location at the Omaha Home for Boys (OHB) called The Youth Mart. Young Adult Former Foster Youth (YAFFY) may come to the Mart with their case managers and select the items of furniture they need, which the Truck Brigade then delivers, along with a “pantry” of food items, to their apartment. The connections made at the Mart and with the Truck Brigade plant the seed for a future mentoring opportunity.
Partnership 4 Hope is a community-based initiative designed to address the unique challenges that YAFFYs face. The community and population it serves are young adults in the greater Omaha metropolitan area, nineteen years of age and older, who have “aged out” of the foster care system. It strives to meet these challenges by recruiting and providing this population with mentors who will establish a meaningful mentoring relationship, as well as a community support system that will partner with and help both mentor and mentee to succeed as they travel together on the journey toward independent living. It will also seek to provide material, emotional, and relational assistance to meet the challenges they face in that process.
We reach young adult former foster youth (YAFFY) through Truck Brigade on a weekly basis when helping deliver their furniture. At that time we give them a pantry (of food), cleaning supplies, and the opportunity to partner with a mentor. Matched mentees (YAFFY's) receive ongoing support from a more experienced adult that can help guide them through life's challenges.