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Host Homes – A Different Kind of Mentoring

Though 21 days seems like a short time, our Host Home families impact a child’s life for much longer than they are in the home.   Chaotic and tension filled homes can lead a child to struggle in school, have difficulty expressing emotions, and soon becomes what the youth views as a normal home life.  Our host home families are able to provide these youth with a supportive, safe, and welcoming environment where they are encouraged to express their emotions and succeed in life.   Our host home parents are warm and enthusiastic and provide a safe place where the youth won’t have to question the reliability of the parents’ presence.  

Youth are often excited to take lessons learned from these structured and supportive environments home with them when they leave.  Though a child might have more responsibilities while in a host home, (i.e. chores, 24-hour supervision, and limited phone usage) they often thrive within this lifestyle.  Youth can leave these host homes with more to teach their parents about a happy and healthy way of life.

Posted by guest blogger from Children, Youth & Family Services

This blog is part of a Blog Marathon aimed to bring awareness to our community of the current needs for mentors and tutors.  Visit www.cvillevolunteer.org to learn about how YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.  Stop by the Omni on March 30 between 3:00-6:00 to meet representatives from all of the programs who are looking for more like you to be a mentor or a tutor. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. See you there!  Please RSVP here.

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