Never Too Late is designed to hold up to 16 boys from foster care at a time, children who are emotionally fragile, children who are confused and afraid, children who need a loving environment. This 14 bedroom facility will provide the security these children need, as well as a loving and stable home that will help in their healing. Led by trained staff by Dr. John DeGarmo, children between the ages of 9 and 18 will have access to:
-Counseling and behavior interventions.
-A homelike session with nutritious meals.
-Development of individual educational plans, focusing on the learning needs of each child.
-Clothing and personal hygiene.
-Transportation to and from schools, as well as to cultural, musical, recreational, and educational events, including fishing, picnics, and camping, to name a few.
-Mentors for each child.
-Encouragement and support from the local churches and community.
-Prepare youth with living skills, financial understanding, job preparation, and other skills necessary before becoming an adult and aging out of foster care system.
The following represent the Never Too Late Goals:
To meet the physical needs of at risk youth by providing safety, shelter, proper nourishment, opportunity for exercise, clothing and by ensuring access to medical and dental health care.
To meet the emotional needs of at risk youth by providing support, empathy, mentoring (by adults), encouragement and therapy, including psychiatric care when needed.
To meet the educational needs of at risk youth by developing and improving good study skills and academic performance. Reading and math skills will be an important part of each youth’s development.
To meet the social needs of at risk youth by providing diverse opportunities to practice social interactions, providing diverse indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, and providing mentoring, and coaching. Also by building emotional management skills, communication skills and conflict resolution skills and by teaching about healthy interpersonal relationships including healthy and safe sexual practices.
To meet the intellectual and educational needs of at risk youth through mentoring, appropriate educational assessment and planning including college, tutoring, supporting interests, and exposure to creative and performing arts.
To meet the independent living skills needs of at risk youth by teaching independent and daily living skills and independent living skills through the daily program routine and independent living skills (ILS) classes, and through referrals to other vocational rehabilitation and employment training and internship opportunities.
To meet the spiritual needs of at risk youth by providing them freedom to explore and practice spirituality of choice and means to connect with a chosen spiritual group.
To maintain youth placements and/or successfully transition youth to their identified discharge destination.