DIRECTION61:3 will walk alongside older foster and aged out youth to provide a network of support as they transition to become vibrantly independent young adults. The goal is for youth (ages 15-24) to discover God’s specific purpose and direction for their lives while being fully supported in our resident and non-resident programs.
Preparing to Age-Out
Engaging foster youth in their late teens can be invaluable towards the establishment of a positive life trajectory. We consider the building of relationships with foster youth prior to aging-out as an imperative to success. Special events, skills and career assessments, fun-days, and foster family support are all components to helping foster youth prepare for their transition out of the foster care system.
Affordable and stable housing is paramount for youth aging out of the system. At DIRECTION61:3 we provide such housing, which in turn allows our young adults the freedom to focus on necessary skills/education essential to becoming self-sufficient. Our housing incorporates a comprehensive approach that extends beyond simply a place to live, but provides and promotes a sense of HOME. We currently operate six homes in the McKinney/Denton area, with one additional girls homes opening in October, 2023. We are working to build a community of foster and independent-living homes on our 4.7 acre property in Mckinney that will house up to 50 youth.
DIRECTION61:3 desires to create a “village” of support for each young person we serve. We value and embrace the building of trust inherent to lasting relationships. And although at times difficult, we are committed to providing consistency and the investment of time fundamental to successful relationships. These ideals are key to long-term healing and transformation not only in the lives of foster youth, but also in the lives of all individuals, families, and communities. We place high value in building trust in and between our residents/staff. Ultimately, we desire a sense of belonging and community that lasts throughout life.
A major focus of DIRECTION61:3 will be to facilitate practical and academic skills. Through partnerships with local colleges, trade schools, and businesses, each resident will have the support and resources needed to establish and pursue their career goals. A large focus will also be generated towards the development of our residents to reaching their full potential as healthy, productive adults. Supportive services will include life skills training, tutoring, mentorships, and peer interaction.
KINGDOM CARS is a Program whereby cars or designated funds are donated to Direction61:3. Once youth have completed the required proficiencies a car is awarded to them with an agreement to remain in the program for an additional year. Prior to the acquisition of a vehicle youth will be taught how to acquire a license, the car buying process, purchasing insurance, the understanding of car maintenance, etc.
THRIVE is a uniquely designed curriculum that incorporates the participation of local professional volunteers and leaders. Life-skills training, bible discussions, tutoring, adult mentors, friends, and business partners who train and offer employment are all facets of this dynamic formula for the success of our transitioning foster youth.
- a family environment that promotes a deep sense of belonging
- the realization of individual strengths and the celebration of goals attained
- the opportunity for young men and women to embrace and live in everlasting faith
- life-long community and permanence
Much of what we do is supported through the efforts of volunteerism. Simply stated, without great volunteers the DIRECTION61:3 vision and ministry would not be possible.
With the recent developing ministry in Denton, the acquisition of the 4.7 acre FARM in McKinney, and the newly acquired contract with the State of Texas, there are more ways than ever to become a committed volunteer and/or partner. We need you!
Individual Volunteers Business and Churches Group volunteers
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