Live Independently…Foster Employment
LIFE is designed for participants to live independently while receiving support. Individuals will strengthen their independent living skills, develop job skills, and gain the confidence to help them become a part of their community. Candidates have successfully completed Transition Counseling and have been recommended to join the LIFE program where they can apply what they have learned. Residents share an apartment with other participants in the program. The apartment complex is located close to Eaton Academy, within walking distance to MARTA bus stops, shopping, dining and entertainment. Once enrolled, LIFE residents receive guidance and coaching to assist them in implementing their customized personal life plan. The program consists of stages in which growth is encouraged, measured, and monitored. Through instruction, training, and counseling, residents gain confidence and self-esteem throughout the duration of the program.
There are two elements to the LIFE program:
Transition Counseling is for individuals interested in furthering their life skills, and it is the first step to independent living. Transition Counseling begins with an assessment and the creation of an individualized plan based on areas in which participants can sharpen their skills. The goal of every plan is for the participant to live independently in our LIFE apartment community. The participant will work one-to-one with a Transition Counselor on a weekly basis. Sessions address a variety of areas including:
- Personal Finance/Budgeting
- Meal Planning and Cooking
- Maintaining Employment
- Household Maintenance and Cleaning
- Personal Safety
- Personal Hygiene
Admittance into the LIFE program takes place once the individual has completed Transition Counseling and demonstrated the motivation and skills necessary to live independently with assistance and support of a LIFE Coach. Residents receive guidance and coaching on a regularly scheduled basis to assist them in implementing their customized life plan. The LIFE director and staff will provide feedback to parents and will monitor progress within the program. Through instruction, training, and counseling, residents gain confidence and self-esteem throughout the duration of the program.