TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER (TLC)
Young women who experience abuse, neglect, poverty or homelessness often lack the support and tools they need to lead economically self-sufficient lives. Our Transitional Living Center (TLC) program provides single women ages 18-24, who are not pregnant or parenting, with a supportive home where they can learn the skills they need to mature into self-reliant adults.
Our TLC program emphasizes empowerment, not entitlement. We do not offer handouts, but instead guide young women along a healthy path by stressing the importance of education, career planning, financial literacy and self-reliance. Currently, Our Friends Place operates the TLC program at our historic home known as Beazley House and through our newest house called Pauline's Place. Both program sites are in Old East Dallas.
Education: All young women must enroll in an educational or vocational program, either full or part-time. For some, this may be high school, a GED program, community college or a four-year university. For others, it may be technical college, training as a hair stylist, phlebotomist or other vocations. The goal is to increase each one's skill base and livable wage potential.
Employment: All young women must obtain and maintain employment, either full or part-time. This helps young women develop time management skills, gain interview skills, build a job history for future advancement and begin saving for their future.
Group Sessions: All young women must attend weekly group sessions, which includes a cooking class and life skills training. These trainings are facilitated by staff with volunteer assistance. Topics range from financial literacy, interview skills and goal-setting to conflict resolution, self-care and healthy relationships. The goal is to empower young women with a well-rounded skill set for healthy adult living.
Financial: All young women must pay a small percentage of their earnings as rent and maintain a savings account with an additional 10% of their earnings. This teaches budgeting, timely payment of bills and responsible saving habits. The amount paid in rent does not meet operating or program expenses of Our Friends Place, but provides a learning opportunity in which our young women learn money management and the realities of independent living while still in a safety net.