UMHC also provides an Independent Living Preparation Program to residents. ILPP is a series of training sessions (on two levels) to assist adolescents in care as they grow into young adulthood and take on greater responsibilities. Residents learn about activities of daily living and participate in Life Skills I classes. Staff assesses residents’ skills, and everyone attends regular group meetings focused on personal hygiene, housekeeping, household appliances and chores, laundry and clothing care, time and money management, and other everyday competencies.
While still attending school and living under staff supervision, residents learn new skills and get hands-on practice.
Life Skills II is designed to foster greater independence in older youth (aged 15 years and 10 months or more). While still attending school and living under staff supervision, residents learn new skills and get hands-on practice going to the grocery store, preparing meals, spending time alone, budgeting, getting and keeping a job, even maintaining a vehicle. As residents demonstrate greater self-reliance (with jobs or college), they move to separate living quarters within their cottage. As they approach 17 and 18 years of age, they may live in the Fifth Street Cottage, a separate transitional housing unit that positions them to journey toward living on their own (up to age 21).