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.

Contact an ILP Representative

Our Stories

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Phil Westover’s Toy Story

Phil Westover’s Toy Story

Phil Westover of St. Peter Catholic Church in Newberg has been a hobby woodworker for 50 years, with a forte in crafting wooden toy trucks and tractors. Thank you, Phil, for sharing your talent with us.

Mission Benedict Christmas Food Boxes

Mission Benedict Christmas Food Boxes

St. Mary pastor Fr. Philip Waibel blessed 115 food boxes for distribution for those in need this Christmas. Thank you to the many people who contributed to the boxes and to the Knights of Columbus who assemble the boxes each year.