MBCH Children and Family Ministries

Transitional Living Program

From Foster Care to Independence

With little or no family support system, young people who are aging out of the foster care system are at significant risk of failing to become independent, successful adults. The MBCH Children and Family Ministries Transitional Living Program (TLP) provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 16-21 to transition out of residential care or foster care into independence.

To give these youth the best possible chance to succeed in life, we provide training programs to develop independent living skills necessary for these youth to live on their own. The goal is to teach self-sufficiency through education, employment, and good decision-making.  MBCH Children and Family Ministries also recognizes that while these youth need to develop independent living skills, they also need family support.  We assist them by either helping them reconnect to biological family (when appropriate) or to find those who can function as family for them. 

Apartments (Scattered Site)

MBCH Children and Family Ministries also offers furnished apartments in the community for young men and women. They youth live on their own, where they apply the skills they have learned.

The youth have regular contact with an off-site case manager who helps them continue to learn and practice life skills such as:

  • Money management
  • Maintaining a job
  • Daily living skills
  • Relationship skills
  • Self-support

They are given the opportunity to experience life just as they will when they become adults. The TLP Scattered Site program provides the ability to learn and succeed with a safety net.

Group Homes

The group homes are designed for young men and women to experience independence while being closely supervised. They learn important life skills such as:

  • Meal planning
  • Career planning
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Job preparation
  • Housekeeping

Staff helps youth to define and attain school or vocational goals and all residents are required to be enrolled in high school or GED classes.

Locations

Group Homes are located at the following campuses:

Hutchens Campus
603 N. Main
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
417-466-7844

Lowe-Frillman Campus
11300 St. Charles Rock Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
314-739-6811, 800-264-6224

Transitional Living Apartments are located:

  • Bridgeton
  • Springfield