The Village at Elon Homes
In 2017, Elon Homes launched an innovative program to help young men who are ages 18-21 and have lived in foster care at some point in their lives. The program supports these youth as they transition from foster care to life as independent adults.
Our Foster Care Village is located on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. It is the first residential facility for young men in the state and among the first in the U.S.
Residents are required to either be employed or be in school 80 hours per month. The program provides Village residents with:
- dormitory housing services
- assistance pursuing GED classes, secondary education or vocational education depending upon the needs and interests of each resident
- coordination of services with JCSU’s School of Social Work, Metropolitan College, and a host of community partners
- life skills education, jobs training and employment placement and workforce development services
- a monthly stipend for food, clothing and incidental expenses
The federal government extended eligibility for Title IV-E payments to age 21 with the passage in 2010 of “The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.” This change allows states that opt in to extend payments for young adults in foster care and for those who felt foster care to adoptive and guardianship families when certain requirements are met.
North Carolina responded with North Carolina Session Law 2015-214, which requires the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, to develop a plan for the expansion of foster care services for individuals who have attained the age of 18 years and opt to continue receiving foster care services until reaching 21 years of age. “Foster Care to 21,” which became law on January 1, 2017, requires participating young adults to meet certain criteria that advance their education and prepare them to enter the workforce.
The Elon Homes Foster Care Village is not fully funded by government funds. Only with the help of generous donors will Elon Homes be prepared to extend services to young adults at this critical time in their lives. To find out more about philanthropic support for The Village please contact Fred Grosse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 369-2505.
Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Grosse President, Elon Homes
The response was overwhelming: “My church, Carmel Baptist, has a Helping Hands Ministry that laid all the floors, which we got at a deep discount, for free. The kitchen cabinets and a lot of the furniture in the common spaces were donated. This project has been a gift to me.”
Jenny Neal Co-owner of SouthPark Interiors and Director of Events and Communications at For Charlotte Mission Network
Ely calls Elon Homes of North Carolina his biggest blessing. As a young child, Ely and his brother and sister were placed by DSS with a loving Elon Homes foster care family. The foster family provided a positive environment for him and his siblings. Not being raised...
YOUTH REMAINING IN CARE BEYOND 18…
Doubled the odds that they would be working or in high school at 19.
Were twice as likely to have completed at least one year of college by age 21.
Doubled the percentage of youth remaining in care until 21 who earned a college degree.
Reduced by 38 percent the incidence of pregnancy among young women in care before age 20.
"My husband and I feel the Foster Care Village fills a gap in this community for foster children. Most 18-21 year olds are not prepared to enter the adult world without support and encouragement. The Foster Care Village will offer them the life skills and support they need to be productive adults. This is a positive for them and for all of us in the community."
- Martha Schmitt
Philanthropist and Elon Homes Supporter