Published on March 25, 2014
Catholic Charities’ Foster Care Support Program Gets New Home
The Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans recently moved to its new location at 1430A Claire Avenue in Gretna, Louisiana. Previously housed at Madonna Manor at Hope Haven in Marrero, the new home of ILSP, a program that assists teenagers to successfully transition out of the State’s foster care, will house the program’s offices, classroom space, food pantry and Hope Chest donation center.
ILSP life skills classes and counseling help foster care teenagers prepare for independent living after they leave their foster care home once they turn age 18. It is a 12-16 week program for teenagers in the care of the State ages 14-18 years. Life skills taught through ILSP include job skills, college prep and application assistance, social skills, values, assertive communication, decision making, money management, housing, safety, parenting, personal care and health.
ILSP holds group classes and workshops as well as one-on-one assistance. The program also integrates with other community partners that house and assist the State’s foster care children. Participants enrolled in the program must be referred by the State.
For more information on Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) or to donate gently used clothing and household items to the Hope Chest, contact Melisa Jacks at (504)340-5100 or email [email protected]