The goal of the MBCH Children and Family Ministries Residential Program is to provide a living environment that promotes growth, positive change, and ultimately, a move toward permanency. A structured, but nurturing atmosphere is accomplished by utilizing daily schedules, clear and realistic expectations, praise and encouragement, responsibility and trust, limits and boundaries, choices and consequences (both natural and logical), that result in the child’s assurance of safety and security. We desire to include and empower the family by providing family counseling, training, and referrals for practical assistance. Families are an integral part of the treatment plan with identified goals and responsibilities.
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 recognize that while these youth need to develop independent living skills, they also need family support. We assist them by either helping them reconnect to their biological family (when appropriate) or finding those who can function as a family for them.
Apartments (Scattered Site)
MBCH Children and Family Ministries also offers furnished apartments in the community for young men and women. The 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
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.
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
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.
Group homes are located at the following campuses:
603 N Main
Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
11300 St. Charles Rock Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
Transitional living apartments are located at: