The Houston Transitional Living Center offers a supportive, residential, co-ed program for homeless, disadvantaged youth, providing them tools and opportunities to learn and practice successful independence. This program is designed for seventeen to twenty-one year-olds who do not have the financial, academic, emotional, or behavioral skills necessary for independent living.
This experiential learning environment offers numerous opportunities and resources, including independent living and vocational training, educational advancement, meals, transportation, recreation, computer & internet access, support groups, and workshops.
Amenities in the Houston Center include a full kitchen, dining room, expansive living room, meeting areas, laundry room, porches, and decks. Single and double occupancy rooms are arranged in suites. The building is licensed by the NC Department of Social Services for twelve residents.
The activities, rules, resources, and guidelines of the Transitional Living Program are all designed to achieve seven ultimate objectives for successful independent living:
1. Sufficient income to meet one's daily needs.
2. A safe and stable place to live.
3. Academic or vocational credentials in keeping with one's goals, interests, and abilities.
4. Connections to a positive personal support system.
5. Avoidance of illegal and high risk behaviors.
6. Postponement of parenthood until financially secure and emotionally mature.
7. Access to routine physical and mental health services.
Through collaboration with the Cognitive Connection and other local resources, the Houston Center serves as a hub for individualized services. The Cognitive Connection's SMART program provides intensive case management, education, cognitive skills training, life skills training, advocacy, career and personal counseling, and job referral and placement.
Residents must be:
Completed applications should be sent to:
Houston Center Program Supervisor
Sipe's Orchard Home
4431 County Home Road
Conover, NC 28613
Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview or other screening, after which the Admission Committee will review all material and make an admission decision. This process should take about a week, after which we will notify the applicant of the committee's decision.
If you have questions, please contact Sipe's at (828) 256-5056, extension 324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.