Empowering Adolescent Youth: The Mission of Transitional Living Programs

Each year an estimated 20,000 youth in transition exit the foster care system. National statistics report that 25% are immediately homeless, 70% enter the criminal justice system within 5 years, less than 3% obtain any type of degree, 70% remain unemployed. 

As a community organization paving the way for a better future, Sunnybrook Children’s Home is honored to share the impactful work we are doing to support adolescent youth in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Our mission is clear: to provide support to foster parents and children while also preparing older youth to succeed in life by developing independence through education, job training, self-discipline, and a strong Christian foundation.

Paving The Way for Expanded Reach and Impact of the Sunnybrook Ministry 

Our goal is to continue expanding our reach and impact, touching the lives of even more adolescents, ages 14-21, who have already or will soon be exiting the Mississippi foster care system with no family and no place to go. Together, we can create a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive, no matter what obstacles they may face.

At the heart of our ministry lies a deep commitment to nurturing the potential of every young resident who walks through our doors. We understand that adolescence can be a tumultuous time, especially for those who lack stable support systems. That's why we have dedicated ourselves to offering a safe and nurturing environment where these vulnerable youth can flourish.

Sunnybrook is committed to the spiritual journey of each resident through on-campus bible studies, church youth groups, Christian Summer camps, and attending church on a weekly basis. This helps residents set a strong foundation grounded in their newfound faith.  

Transitional Programs That Empower Adolescent Youth 

Our transitional living programs are designed to address the unique needs of each individual, providing not only shelter but also comprehensive support services. From functional programs and services that address their psychological issues, job training, financial literacy, and learning basic life skills our residents are positioned to not simply survive when they leave Sunnybrook, but to thrive. We provide our residents with the pathway to hope and dream of a better future.

Supervised independent living is another cornerstone of our approach. We believe in empowering these young adults to take control of their lives while providing the necessary oversight to ensure their safety and well-being. Through our structured yet flexible program, residents learn essential life skills such as budgeting, meal planning, and time management. These skills not only promote independence but also instill a sense of confidence and self-reliance that will serve them well in the years to come, and in many cases break the cycle of dependency caused by generations of despair.

Helping and requiring residents to get jobs while in our care is one of the core pillars in preparing them with the tools for a successful life after Sunnybrook. Recently, we reported a 100% youth employment rate for all eligible residents living on campus!

Central to our ministry is the belief that every resident deserves a chance to thrive, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. Sunnybrook strives to create a community where diversity is celebrated, and individuality is embraced. By fostering a culture of acceptance and respect, we empower our residents to embrace their true selves and pursue their dreams with confidence.

Of course, none of this would be possible without our dedicated staff, volunteers, and strong community of donors. Their commitment to our mission fuels our work each day, reminding us of the transformative power of love and compassion.

Celebrating Madison's 2024 'Best Non-Profit' with All of You!

As we look to the future, the vision of Sunnybrook Children’s Home remains clear: that every child and youth in Mississippi will experience the advantages associated with growing up in a healthy Christian family environment.

In closing, we want to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported our ministry along the way. As we celebrate recent achievements like being named Madison’s 2024 Best Non-Profit, we are humbled by the love and faithful support for Sunnybrook that’s shaping one of the more successful transitional and supervised independent living program models in the State of Mississippi.

It truly is our community and partners who empower us to continue in our mission to Make a Difference, One Life at a Time!

Now Hiring Sunnybrook Houseparents

Sunnybrook has a growing need for Houseparents as we expand our on-campus ministry with housing to serve more youth! The position offers a competitive salary (full-time), comprehensive health benefits package and more. If this sounds like you, or you’d like to learn more, please call Myrle Grate at 601-856-6555 or apply online today!

2024 Tax Credits are available for individual and business taxpayers. For more information, or to claim your tax contribution, please contact Ron Veazey at (601) 227-3795 or visit www.sunnybrookms.org/donate.

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