Project Independence

After 35 years of working with foster youth, Rancho Damacitas has seen the challenges young adults experience as they “age-out” of the dependency system once they turn 18.  Project Independence is our answer to addressing the apparent need to nurture, empower and develop young people into self-sufficient, well-educated, healthy young adults who become thriving, contributing members of our community.

Project Independence offers young adults with a history of foster care ages 18 – 25 with transitional housing, employment readiness, financial management, life skills coaching, mentoring, and a place to call home.  The program holds residents accountable through weekly coaching meetings, paying a portion of rent and utilities, and community service.

Exciting Program Update
Rancho Damacitas is currently expanding the Project Independence Program to meet this growing need!  We are currently in the process of building a third “Honor Home” as the final phase of the program and last stepping stone into independent adulthood for the youth.  Learn more about the project and how you can help HERE.