Our House (MI)
Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
MissionThe mission of Our House, a Washtenaw County nonprofit, is to help young people (age 14-25) successfully transition from foster care to adulthood. Our vision is that they become successful, self-sufficient and can live independently with confidence.
What We DoOur goal is to invest in strategies reflecting the needs of our youth that propel youth to reach their full potential and equip them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function independently and contribute to society. At Our House, we believe our society's long term prosperity depends on how well we prepare the next generation.
In its simplest form, Our House provides friendship, advice, resources, and community support to the transition-age youth we serve. We want to provide a constant and solid presence in an often chaotic world. Mentors help teach and coach in the development of basic living skills like cooking, balancing a budget, living with roommates, problem solving, attending school/work, doing laundry, finding needed community resources or even learning to ride the bus. Skills for successful life in home communities include addressing behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long-term goals. Such skills aim to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive, and independent lives.