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Review for Just in Time for Foster Youth, San Diego, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

This non-profit organization has made quite a difference in my life. I have been with them for approximately 6 years since I was emancipated from the foster system at the age of 18. Although I had access to housing, I did not have the financial capability to acquire furniture and other household appliances for my first transitional housing program. Through Just in Time's (JIT) program, My First Home, I was able to eat, sleep, and live more comfortably by receiving a toaster over, blanket and sheets, and household items from them.

At first, I simply utilized their program services for any urgent needs as a result of some obstacles that would occur. However, as time progresses, their employees and volunteers became more personable because they were screened through personal interviews with caring volunteer coordinators or hiring director. I believe it now that when others would mention the executive director's goal to make this organization become more than just a service because everyone connected to this organization eventually establishes a familial connection with one another. Ranging from the recipient to the staff members, everyone is genuinely more connected to one another. Former foster youths such as myself will no longer feel like a number, but instead, a unique individual that is a contributing member to society.

Aside from receiving services from JIT, I have advanced myself to become more involved by volunteering my time to new programs and workshops that the organization strives to create in order to further assist youth towards a successful future.

Along with My First Home, other programs that I have been involved with are:
- My Basic Needs: provided me with emergency funds for important items such as new glasses/contacts, minor car maintenance issues, and gas
- Financial Fitness: helps me to become financially literate in regards to credit, debt, investments, and more - I actually was able to purchase with car with their money matching program
- Career Horizons: pairs with a mentor from the professional field in which I aspire to work in which helps provide more insight as to what the job requires and how to prepare myself overall for future jobs from resume writing to networking.
- and lastly, Leaders Empower All Possibilities (LEAP): as ambassadors to not only represent the organization, but for the youth utilizing the services to share their opinions in order to acquire the services needed for success along with advocating for policy change to extinguish ongoing issues that current and former foster youth continually encounter.

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