Independent Living Program

Helping youth transitioning out of foster care thrive at home, at school and in their community.

About

For many youth transitioning out of foster care, the adult world can be overwhelming. They may not know how to find and keep a job, stay in school, find a place to live, manage money, cook nutritious food, or how to handle an emergency. They may not know where they will spend their birthday or Christmas.

The Independent Living Program (ILP) is a program for youth ages 16-20 in Marion and Yamhill Counties who are transitioning to adulthood from foster care. Youth are taught skills that will help prepare them to live independent, successful lives. Many have not had the opportunity to learn basic skills because of the lack of stability in their young lives.

Each ILP participant is required to attend at least one meeting a month. They can attend as many classes as they choose. Classes range from housing, nutrition, and money management, to social skills, college preparation and job search skills.

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Our Stories

Read the stories of people in your community being helped. See all our stories.

Bonnie’s Story

Bonnie’s Story

Bonnie came to Oregon when she was 16 years old, as a migrant worker. She shares how she recieved help from the Benedictine Sisters in Mt. Angel at a very difficult time in her life. Bonnie never forgot about the Mission's help and at 81 years old, she is happy to...

A Message From Fr. Ralph

Please view this special message from Fr. Ralph Recker of St. Mary Parish in Mt. Angel as we celebrate A Week of Support for Shelter Ministries.

Blanca’s Story

Blanca’s Story

When Blanca came to St. Joseph Shelter’s Transitional Living Community (TLC), she wasn’t living her best life. She wasn’t the mom that she wanted to be for her kids. Through parenting and life skills classes and the supportive community offered at St. Joseph, those...