Housing & Basic Needs

Assistance

A safe and healthy home environment to support wellness and education.

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The Flourish Home Wishlist Drive

Support the Flourish Home and its residents by donating an item from their Amazon wishlist! Scan the QR code or click on the link to view the items that are currently needed.

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Basic Needs Assistance

How can anyone focus on education or employment if they don’t have access to food, shelter, health, and/or safety?

Flourish supports basic needs like childcare, clothing, education-related expenses, food, furniture/housewares, medical/physical health costs, personal hygiene needs, shelter/housing, communication, transportation, and utilities support.

School counselors can help students obtain this assistance by contacting info@allyouthflourish.org. Assistance is prioritized for youth enrolled in Flourish programs.

32

Columbia residents living in poverty have less than a high school degree

86

Homeless youth who experience trauma

200

Students reported homeless annually by Columbia Public Schools

The Flourish Home

The Flourish Home is a place for Boone County high school students in need of housing—a place that supports their life circumstances and educational goals.

Flourish provides a safe and healthy home environment, supportive relationships, and development opportunities. Program participants are also eligible to receive mentoring, emergency and basic needs assistance, and help with savings for education and career purposes.

Since opening its doors on October 22, 2020, Flourish Home has housed 22 youth for more than 3,970 bednights. The majority of residents come from households with incomes below the poverty line. Our goal is to be able to serve more youth by adding five additional beds in 2024.

During their stay, residents improve their school attendance and increase their GPAs, helping them to be more likely to graduate and maintain employment. Staff provide transition planning to ensure youth exit the Flourish Home into safe and stable housing with enhanced life skills. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a rent savings account program, where money is earned and saved for housing expenses they will have once they leave the Flourish Home.

Resources for Residents

The Flourish Home provides direct case management services to residents including:

  • Educational Support:
    • School-based meetings/case management
    • Scholarship/higher education application assistance
  • Employment Support:
    • Transportation to and from work, school, and care appointments
    • Career exploration, development, and coaching
  • Life Skills Development:
    • Positive relationships, conflict management, healthy cooking/nutrition, time management
  • Service coordination:
    • Linkage to healthcare and community partner agencies
    • Transition planning

Apply for Housing Here

Visit the link below to fill out our application for the Flourish Home!

Apply Here