Lilyfield is holding a Benefit Garage Sale September 13-14 at our Independent Living Home at 800 S. Santa Fe. Proceeds will benefit our Independent Living Home that will be opening in early 2014.
Lilyfield’s Independent Living Home is designed for female youths ages 18-25 who have aged out of the Oklahoma foster care system. The housing program will serve 3 youth simultaneously. Each young woman will be given her own furnished bedroom. Lilyfield also hopes to serve an additional 25 young women with our non residential services of educational and life skill support and mentoring.
We want to empower young women who have aged out of the foster care system to complete their higher education and begin a path of self-sufficiency. We hope that by providing love, support, and stability we might also be paving the way for success for a small portion of these youth in Oklahoma.
The three focus areas of the program will be: housing, education support and mentoring. Women accepted to the residential program will have gained acceptance to a 2 or 4 year college degree program or agree to apply and begin a program within 6 months of entering the Lilyfield program. They will also maintain employment during extended school breaks and/or the 6 month probationary period prior to beginning school.
Any interested former foster youth who is female ages 18-25 may gain access to the non residential services of the Lilyfield program. These services will aim to provide the young women with an opportunity to enhance other areas in their life and create an opportunity for personal growth.
This year alone Lilyfield has provided a home for 67 children who would otherwise be placed in shelters. That is an increase from a total of 49 children served through Lilyfield in 2012. We want to extend our dedication to providing families and assistance to youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Lilyfield anticipates that the program will cost approximately $82,763 to administer annually.
The cost of the program will be covered entirely by private donations, grants, foundation and corporate funding and fundraising events, like our upcoming garage sale.
We hope you will join us at our garage sale later this month and help these young women.