Safe and affordable housing remains a critical need for youth aging out of foster care. Studies show that 1 of 5 of these youth experience homelessness in the first 2 years after leaving foster care, and half of these youth had been homeless more than once. Spero House is a transitional housing program that aims to improve these outcomes by providing housing and other independent living support for youth aging out of foster care.
Spero House began in 2013 as a ministry of Pathway Community Church (www.followthepath.org), a small church community in Olathe, Kansas that had a vision for helping young adults make a successful transition to adulthood. To communicate its desire to help these young adults build confidence in a better future, the name Spero was derived from the Latin word for “I hope”. Through its Spero House ministry, Pathway supported several young women as they transitioned to independence. Pathway also pioneered the Support Family and other practices that YOUTHRIVE uses today as part of its support model.
YOUTHRIVE is privileged to be able to adopt the Spero House name as the branding for its own transitional housing program. We plan to continue partnering with Pathway, as well as developing new community partnerships to grow the Spero House program. This growth will allow us to provide critical transitional housing support for even more young adults in the future.
The Spero House program will be limited to a small number of participants and is subject to a formal application process. The basic requirements are summarized below.
- Recently left or in process of leaving foster care
- Age 18-22
- Reside in Johnson or Wyandotte County
- Participation in MyPath Program (MyPath)
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