Workshop Places Focus On Those Exiting Foster Care

By  //  March 22, 2013

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Lunch Provided To Participants

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Representatives from 2-1-1 Brevard and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will lead a workshop designed to help young adults who recently exited traditional foster care become better aware of the many community services available to them.

The workshop is open to young adults ages 18 to 23 who have recently transitioned from—and those 17-years-old who are currently in—foster care and will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at Applebee’s at 1545 Palm Bay Rd NE in Palm Bay.

The workshop is part of a monthly series coordinated by Transitions, a community-based program focused on improving the long-term quality of life for young adults in Brevard County who have exited foster care and are entering adulthood.

Titled “Services in the Community That Can Help You,” the workshop will feature Libby Donoghue, executive director of 2-1-1 Brevard and Donna Peters, assistant manager of Benefits Connection at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Donna Peters off Second Harvest Food Bank will speak at a workshop for young adults exiting foster care on March 22 in Palm Bay. (Image courtesy of Transitions)

Donoghue and Peters will provide information related to basic living, counseling, and financial and emergency services that are available throughout Brevard County. Medicaid and food assistance eligibility will also be addressed, and information on how to access these services will be explained.

Lunch will be provided and transportation and gas card options are available for those interested in attending.

Participants may bring their child/children with them if they are not able to arrange for child care.

2-1-1 Brevard is a United Way-supported nonprofit that operates a telephone-based helpline offering information, referral and crisis intervention 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers dial only 2-1-1 to reach the helpline specialists.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties, including Brevard.

Transitions (www.transitionsbrevard.org) is a community-based program focused on improving the long-term quality of life for young people in Brevard County who have exited foster care and are entering adulthood. It brings together community partners and readily available services and resources to assist young adults on their road to independence.

The program provides a single point of entry, helping them to make the transition from foster care to independent living by learning and developing the skills to manage the social, academic and career responsibilities that come with adulthood.

For more information, call Susan L. Stead, Transitions program director at 321-217-8179 or by e-mail at sstead@transitionsbrevard.com.


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