By: Bill Schammert
The People's City Mission is unveiling a new program this month in an attempt to give back to an often forgotten group of young women.
As young people age out of foster care, the government funding stops and many times they are left to fend for themselves. Now, those at the People's City Mission are partnering with donors and other non-profits, looking to help.
"If you're a girl and suddenly thrown out on your own, you become prey to all sorts of things, including human trafficking," Pastor Tom Barber said.
Barber, known to most as Pastor Tom, is the Executive Director of the People's City Mission and says one 17-year-old has already moved in. The goal is to provide for up to seven young women by the end of the month.
The rooms are simple, but efficient. They include basic amenities, cable and wireless internet. The mission will also be using donations to help the women decorate the rooms.
"There's nothing like this in Lincoln, there's not really a place for these girls to go or a refuge," Program Director, Allison Hrabar, said.
There will be four single rooms and three double rooms available for the transitional housing program. The double rooms will be used for women with children and expectant mothers.
"We'll bring them in, make sure they have all the support in terms of food, medical care and clothing. Then, we'll hook them up with other services in the community and help them get set for independent living," Pastor Tom said.
On top of providing that 24-hour support, the program will not be a burden on the taxpayer. Everything is paid for through donations.
The goal is to have the women living on their own within one year.