Independent Living

It's a game changer.
Can you imagine being 18 without parents, a permanent home, nor anyone to teach you how to become a successful adult?  We can't either.  Staggering statistics prove young adults who "age out" of the foster-care system are more likely to be homeless, homeless and unemployed.  Gateway's independent living solution is a game changer for foster youth and prepares them to be healthy, successful adults by age 21.

How it works.
Foster youth ages 17-21 live in agency-leased apartments and learn essential skills such as budgeting, job searching, housekeeping, cooking, building health relationships and in some cases parenting.  Youth in this program must search for a job and gain employment with the help of Gateway social workers.  

Proven results.
Gateway youth transitioning out of foster care continue to defy the odds, and the program outperforms similar programs across the nation:

  • 95 percent of Gateway ILP clients have earned their high school diploma or GED compared
    to 55 percent nationally.
  • 69 percent of Gateway ILP clients were working at age 19 compared to only 35 percent nationally.

Through this program, we offer young adults the opportunity to learn about the world in a realistic, yet supportive environment. We provide the role modeling, life-skills training and assistance we hope will help these young people become contributing, stable adults.

Make a referral.

1401 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Gateway Family Resource Center
Fax: 205-510-2621