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It is the mission of the Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children to provide abused, neglected and homeless youth with housing, a stable environment, and supportive services that equip them to become contributing members of society.
Somerset Home Programs 1. Brahma House (formerly the Somerset Youth Shelter) The Brahma House is a short-term crisis intervention program which serves adolescents, 13 - 18 years of age, who have been abused, neglected, or are not able to live at home because of family conflict. While in the program, each adolescent receives food, clothing, counseling, HIV/AIDS prevention education and basic- and life-skills education. The programâ s outcome goal is to reunite each youth with his/her family. 2. Pathways The Pathways Independent Living-Skills Education program, is non-residential and provides adolescents with life-skills training, outreach, and individual counseling. Adolescents are eligible to participate if they reside in any residential program of the Somerset Home, live in the surrounding community, or are in need of independent living-skills education. These youth must be 15 to 21 years old. Pathways offers support services for youth living in foster care including: weekly independent living skills workshops, a computer lab and individual counseling. Independent living-skills counselors provide support to youth in the home, and at every step along the way to ensure a successful move out of foster care. The services focus on the youthâ s long-term goal of making a healthy transition to adulthood. 3. Passages Passages Transitional Living program is a residential program for young men and women, ages 16 to 21, who are in need of life-skills education and plan to live independently in the community after leaving the program. While at Passages, adolescents must attend school, be employed, and begin to save money, looking toward a future of independence. After a stay of up to 18 months, graduates receive outreach and support to enable them to continue meeting their goal of living a satisfying, productive and independent life. 4. Street S.M.A.R.T (Somerset Mobile Adolescent/Adult Resource Team) The Street S.M.A.R.T. programâ s goal is to provide youth with food, clothing, and blankets while on the streets and provide easy access to the Somerset Youth Shelter program to get them off the street and into a safe environment. Program services are targeted to youth who are living in unsafe environments, are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. 5. My Place I "My Place I" is a 5-bed Transitional Living Program (TLP) which opened in May 2005. The young men who live in My Place are former foster care clients ages 18-21, who have "aged-out" of the foster care system. While in residence, youth finish their high school education and learn the skills necessary to live independently in the community or transition to college. After a stay of up to 18 months, program graduates receive outreach and supportive services to continue meeting their goal of living a productive and independent life. The location of My Place offers the benefits of close proximity to Passages Transitional Living Program and Pathways Independent Living-Skills Education program. My Place TLP is one block from Passages and Pathways. Whitney House is a 5-bed TLP for young women that opened in April of 2006.