Just in Time is an extraordinary organization and a respected leader in making a positive differences in the lives of transitional age foster youth. As one of the first organizations of its kind to focus on the issues facing transitional age foster youth, the dedicated staff and passionate volunteers are committed to their goal of helping youth feel confident, connected and capable. As a past foster parent myself, I understand how very important this goal is. Through a continuum of services that provide for basic needs, financial education and savings, career development assistance, college support, mentoring and help in furnishing the youth’s first home, youth are provided the relationships and skills to become increasingly independent and successful. And one of the many things that makes this organization so special, is that they honor the youths’ voice in helping guide the organization and in reaching out to other youth. Just in Time makes a powerful difference each and every day through its innovative services, enthusiastic dedication and passionate commitment to foster youth. I am so very proud to be a part of this amazing organization.
Just in Time impacts for Foster youth in many ways. IT provides furnishings for a first home, supplies to youth going away to college, financial education and career assistance. However, the most important aspect of the Just in Time experience is the personal connections formed between the former foster youth and the many dedicated and talented volunteers of Just in Time
Just in Time and our organization, San Diego Social Venture Partners, has been working together for about a year and a half. They have been an incredible pleasure to partner with. Just in Time has been a wonderful steward of our investment, and a highly dynamic, impactful and dedicated community resource. We are so proud to be affiliated with them and can't wait to see the future results JIT is bound to realize.
Just In Time serves transitioning foster youth with essential services, and even more importantly, offers deep connection with one or more caring adults. Research shows that this is the most critical gap for kids who've grown up in the child welfare system. Just In Time fills this gap with mentors and role models, often for the first time for youth.
I have worked with them directly and have seen them transform lives over and over again. This organization is doing it right!
A great organization with highly dedicated staff doing much needed work in the community! What is most inspiring is that they refuse to shy away from big goals and are striving to make sure every foster youth that goes through their programs is prepared through the difficult transition to adulthood. Excellent leadership that isn't afraid to keep evolving as an organization. Excited to see what chapters unfold next!
It has truly been my pleasure to advise and participate with many of the Just in Time activities. They are providing a variety of wonderful and much needed services to a very special population of transitioning foster youth. Their dedication, thoughtful care and strategic program growth has been very inspiring.
Just in Time has been there for me when I had no one else to turn to. Most people turn to their families when there's an emergency - broken bones, stranded vehicles, accidental overspending (we've all been there). Where do you turn when you don't have that traditional family model to rely on? Just in Time. When my car needed new tires so I could make it to work - Just in Time was there to help me pick up the bill. When I ran out of money for food (while supporting myself through college), Just in Time was there to ensure I had what I needed. When I needed assistance for law school applications and, finally, for the deposit to attend the law school of my dreams, it was Just in Time that helped me through.
But the organization is more than just financial support - it's emotional. The community of members at Just in Time provides a support system that many of us never had. Someone to lean on. Someone who understands! There is no number of stars which can do that justice.
I'm graduating from law school this Spring. I could not have done it with out Just in Time.
Just in Time for Foster Youth is a much needed organization with truly phenomenal leadership under Don Wells. I support them as both a volunteer and a donor. My experience has been in their My First Home area as I lead a church ministry group that focuses on foster youth. For Just in Time we provide move-ins for the former foster youth that are moving into their first apartments. I have found the JIT staff to be extremely responsive, personal and professional. They have a "can do" attitude as demonstrated when we were able to get a grant to pay for foster youth to get drivers training lessons. JIT not only made that work but built a new program called Changing Lanes that goes far beyond just helping them get their drivers training done. Our ministry is also sharing the cost of a storage space so that we can increase the furniture donations for the My First Home program. It is working great thanks to Don's "we can make it work" attitude and follow up. He will not only return an email at all hours of day, he and other JIT board members often show up to move-ins to say hi and offer encouragement to the foster youth and other volunteers. This organization does much more for foster youth and is a shining example of what a nonprofit should be!
Just in Time for Tranaitioning Foster Youth s is one of those rare nonprofits that follows advise and has built a strong platform based on identifying outcomes, tracking them and demonstrating their effectiveness. They have become a leader in the field helping thousands of foster children. DIANN and DON have provided fantastic leadership and they are well on the way to SUSTAINABILTY.
JIT helped me gain the support and community I needed to achieve in the 'real world'. The personal guidance I've received through this organization has gone above and beyond; I can truly say I would not be where I am today without them. Just in Time walked with me and gave me the resources and connections to become the thriving, self-sufficient adult I am today. Everyone needs some help to reach their dreams, and I'm so grateful JIT was there to help me out. Just in Time provided me with tools to build my professional and personal development, financial literacy training, resources, and connections to amazing, accomplished community members. I'm so grateful for the critical connections I've received, and am proud to give back to an organization that has given so much to me.