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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Foster Care, Human Services, Residential Care & Adult Day Programs

Mission: Ward Home''s mission is to train at risk young adults in practical life skills in safe, nurturing environments in order to live independently as effective, contributing members of the community.

Results: • Ward Home served 127 at-risk teens and young adults in our two programs, the current Supervised Independent Living Program and our previous program, the Independent Living Program. (FY16) • For every dollar in our budget, 84 cents goes directly to programming that benefits our teens. (FY15) • 90% of Ward Home's eligible teens graduated high school or completed their GED. (FY16) • 80% of our high school graduates are moving on to post-secondary education. (FY16) • More than 47% of teens in the SIL program participated in art enrichment programming. (FY15) • Ward Home teens logged over 360 hours of volunteer time at various Pittsburgh area non-profits, such as The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Rainbow Kitchen, Youth Explosion – Macedonia Church, and The Kingsley Association. (FY15) • More than 57% of Ward Home teens have full or part-time jobs. (FY15) • Ward Home currently employs three alumnae as Direct Care staff members. (FY16) • We are proud of our continued partnerships with many of our generous supporters, including the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation, PNC Charitable Trust, and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. We also established new partnerships with the FISA Foundation and Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation. (FY16)

Target demographics: at-risk teens and young adults become independent members of their communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 127 teens and young adults

Geographic areas served: Allegheny County

Programs: Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program Ward Home’s Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program is a community-based, residential program serving at-risk foster teens and young adults ages 16-21 in apartment-style housing under 24 hour supervision. Our teen boys reside at our site in Swissvale, our teen girls reside at our site in the Friendship neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and our teen moms and their babies reside at our site in Wilkinsburg. These homes are more than just temporary housing; they are safe, nurturing, home environments where teens are encouraged to reach their individual goals and grow into successful, independent members of the community. Program Curriculum Our direct care staff are trained in evidence-based motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care curriculums that are proven effective based on rigorous evaluation and studies. These curriculums focus on strengthening a teen’s motivation to reach specific goals, such as securing stable employment or moving out on their own, as well as helping our teens recover from previous traumas, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, or being removed from their home at a young age. In conjunction with their daily life skills lesson, these curriculums help teens change their negative behaviors, gain confidence, and develop trusting relationships. All teens are also given the opportunity to participate in mentoring and enrichment programming in order to enhance their life skills development. In the SIL Program, teens and young adults learn to: • Pursue an education and earn a degree; • Find safe, affordable housing: • Explore and develop safe and healthy relationships; • Prepare for employment and learn job-ready skills; • Manage their health, safety and well-being; • Create opportunities that change their destiny. Creative and academic enrichment programming includes: • Enrichment programming • Parenting classes • Academic tutoring • College tours • Mentoring • Workforce Development

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Does great work with at-risk teens, helps them when no one else would.

1 Lex D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization with caring and extremely dedicated staff and volunteers.

1 Nakeisha R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ward home is awesome because the staff push you to do more than what u think u can do.

1 Robert209

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life changing experience. Changed my life for the better.

Knowing the road I was heading down, I would have been in jail or dead now. The turn came when I was entered into the home.

1 Karen447

Client Served

Rating: 5

Home was bad, I was bad. Ward helped in my growth toward being successful.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the past 2 years, I've had the opportunity to support this amazing organization by donating money and attending the "Picture This" event. The Ward House staff and employees are doing a great job providing much need resources to these young adults. I strongly urge you to consider supporting their efforts through volunteering, donating funds, and/ or attending the "Picture This" fundraising event on April 1st. I look forward to working with these young adults as a math tutor in the near future!

2 Ivory B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization positively impacted my life forever. I remain in contact with everyone who worked with me. And their love and passion for the work that they do is just awesome!

1 Laurie96

Donor

Rating: 5

The Ward Home came to my attention several years ago through my affiliation with the United Methodist Church and their then board president. He invited me to a fundraiser where I learned more about this non profit and their mission. I've supported charities that help at risk young people as I feel I really can make a difference in their lives and our community. Ward Home serves my local community and really is making a difference in the lives on our young people by providing them with the skills to be productive members of society. The successes are fantastic and by financially supporting their cause, I feel my donation is making a difference.

1

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been very impressed by the wonderful work that Ward Homes does. Because of Ward, young people coming from broken, often, horrible situations are able to learn and thrive and become happy, productive adults. The number of Ward students who go to college is incredibly powerful. It is only sad that more at-risk children cannot receive the same care.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have supported Ward Home in various ways for years. What keeps us supporting them is stories we have heard from the teens who are part of the Ward Home program. It is amazing to hear how their lives have been changed. They learn basic living skills, graduate from high school and go on to live productive lives. Many go on to college to pursue various careers. They all say they couldn't have done it without Ward. Supporting Ward Home is a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of others.