Early Learning Program VP Speaks on Medicaid Panel
Melissa Chambers, Vice President of Youth In Need’s Early Learning Programs, spoke on a virtual panel discussion in July about Medicaid expansion (Amendment 2), which was on the August ballot in Missouri and passed. Washington University’s “Supporting a Healthier Missouri” discussion series focused on racial equity, rural communities and family and child well-being. Melissa shared her expertise on family and child health and well-being and gave insight on how Medicaid expansion could have positive impacts on children, such as access to preventative healthcare and well visits along with continuity of care.
HBA Funds Renovations in Supported Apartments Program
Youth In Need received a $15,000 grant from the Home Builders Association to make some much-needed renovations in the Supported Apartments Program. Renovations in the hallway, bathroom, bedrooms, main living space and kitchen will make the living space safer, cleaner and more up-to-date and create a welcoming home environment for youth.
A secondary component of the Transitional Living Program continuum of care, the Supported Apartments Program provides support and services so that once-homeless youth can become thriving, self-sufficient and financially independent young adults. The eight-unit apartment building has seven client apartments and one staff unit for program staff who are available on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each youth works with a case manager to develop life skills and employment skills that will assist him or her in obtaining and maintaining employment and developing the abilities to successfully live independently. All youth in the Supported Apartments Program learn how to do laundry, prepare a meal, grocery shop and complete a resume.
Illustrating what a check presentation looks like during a global pandemic, Demetria Lightfoot, Youth In Need's Director of Development and Community Engagement, holds the check from the Home Builders Association.