Just in Time for Foster Youth's mission is to engage a caring community to help foster youth become capable, competent adults and break the cycle of foster care.
In 2002, JIT realized that, although youth were transitioning into housing, they often didn't have the resources to furnish their apartments. This meant they usually didn't have beds to sleep in, pans to cook with, or dining tables to eat at.
JIT's "My First Home" now collects and distributes essential household items to help youth turn empty apartments into safe and comfortable homes.
Grant will provide funds for "My First Home" to help foster youth furnish their first home.
Rotary year 2023-2024 DMSB will participate two "My First Home" shopping days with JIT youth between the ages of 18 and 26.
Grant funds will go directly to JIT who will use the funds to purchase items for the "First Home" warehouse from the list below.
To qualify for My First Home, JIT youth must complete the JIT new youth orientation, be enrolled in school or working and have housing established.
JIT Foster Youth will identify their home needs from the following list. DMSB volunteers will review the list with their JIT youth to ensure all needs have been identified. Items will be loaded into delivery trucks and our members will help JIT youth set up their very first home, while instilling a sense of pride and discussing goals and budgeting.
• Baking Dishes
• Can Opener
• Coffee Maker
• Cooking Utensils
• Dinette Chairs
• Dinette Table
• Dish Towels / Pot Holders
• Ice Tray
• Knives and Cutting Board
• Measuring Cups / Utensils
• Pots & Pans
• Toaster Oven
• Bath Rug / Mat
• Bath Towels / Wash Cloths
• Shower Curtain
• Cleaning Supplies
• Ironing Board
• Trash Cans
• Vacuum Cleaner
• Coffee Table
• Entertainment Center / TV Stand
• Framed Picture / Artwork
• Bed Frame (Queen)
• Bed Mattress & Pad (Queen)
• Bed Sheets (Queen)
• Box Spring (Queen)
• Comforter (Queen)
• Computer Chair
• Computer Desk
• Pillows (2)
Goal 1: Assist foster youth to move into their first home. Work side by side with foster youth at JIT's "First Home" warehouse to select all furnishings required to establish a home. Together, load and unload moving truck, unpack and set up "First Home" with all the things needed to live independently-furniture, linens, dishes, etc. Assemble any furniture requiring assembly. Engage in meaningful conversation about foster youth's goals and aspirations. BE a role model for foster youth to become, independent, contributing members of our community.
Goal 2: Empower foster youth to become role models for other foster youth moving up through the JIT program. Make themselves available to younger JIT youth.
Goal 3: Demonstrate to the San Diego community at large that foster youth can and do become leaders and productive members of our community.
DMSB Member Participation:
Prior to move in day: All DMSB members will be invited to attend JIT Volunteer Training and Orientation. Members participating in "First Home" are required to attend.
Move in Day:
8:30 AM: prior to shopping the "First Home" warehouse DMSB volunteers will meet with their JIT youth and review the shopping list the JIT youth created. The time will be to ensure all needs were selected.
8:45 AM: DMSB members and JIT youth will shop the warehouse with their lists in hand.
Items will be loaded onto carts/wagons and then uploaded to delivery vans/trucks.
10:00 AM (approximate): JIT youth and DMSB Rotarians will begin unloading all furnishings, unpack and assemble any furniture requiring assembly. Rotarians will assist in placing furniture, unpacking and placing all household items.
2:30 PM (approximate): JIT youth and DMSB Rotarians review and assess process, how it "feels to have your own home," and gather feedback on ways to improve process for next time.