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Front Page - Friday, July 31, 2020

Chambliss Center for Children opens new apartments for youth aging out of foster care system




The living room of an apartment in Chambliss Center for Children’s new transitional living apartment building. - Photograph provided

Chambliss Center for Children recently completed a new six-unit apartment building to be used for youth aging out of foster care.

The new building was purchased with funds from an anonymous donor, and construction was completed earlier this month.

Local nonprofit Homes and Havens furnished each apartment utilizing a trauma-informed design to create welcoming places of respite for teens entering Chambliss Center’s transitional living program.

“We’re honored to meet that need for some of the roughly 900 youth who turn 18 in foster care in Tennessee each year,” says Jon Berestecky, transitional living specialist at Chambliss Center. “It’s encouraging to know there are individuals in our community willing to step up and provide what’s needed for these young people.”

Chambliss Center for Children’s transitional living program is designed to assist youth who are aging out of the foster care system. In addition to housing, the program offers counseling and training in basic life skills, such as financial planning, budgeting, cooking, interviewing and job readiness.

The first four tenants of the new living spaces moved into their new apartments last week.

Source: Chambliss Center for Children