Preparation for Adult Living
In the summer of 2000, Holston Home opened the beautiful Walter B. & Theresa Brumit Center to serve as home to the Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) program on campus.
The PAL program helps young people learn to make a transition to responsible adult living. These older adolescents and young adults have usually lived successfully at other programs operated by Holston Home.
What Participants Learn
Participants in the program learn independent-living skills such as cooking and basic housekeeping skills. They pay rent, which is deposited into a savings account and returned to them after successfully completing the program. As a part of the training, they learn to balance checkbooks and follow a household budget while learning social and employment skills.
While they receive a stipend for some of their expenses, these motivated young people hold down jobs and go to school in order to earn the money they need to meet household expenses and prepare for future success.
Each apartment is fully furnished, but as young people gain resources to purchase their own furniture, they may substitute it for that provided by Holston Home. One apartment per week prepares a community meal for staff and guests, so that staff can monitor how the young people are progressing on their cooking and social skills. The entire group meets monthly for community meals.
Holston Home acts as a support for an older teenager who is eager to move out on his or her own, but unsure of some of the challenges to be faced. Like any teenager, these young people may stumble, but a caring staff can help them keep from falling. Holston Home staff occupy one apartment and staff provide supervision and mentoring around the clock.
Other Key Components
Other key components of service include Christian life activities, individual and group counseling, family counseling, alcohol and drug education, adventure-based counseling, adaptive living and independent-living skills training.
Who is Eligible
Eligible youth are males and females between the ages of 16 and 21. Youth must be able to continue their education in the community and will be required to secure part-time employment. Referrals may come from private families, state agencies, and other area providers.