This week’s guest is Jeff DeMario, Chief Executive Officer of Vita Nova—West Palm Beach’s answer to the challenges kids face as they transition out of foster care and into adulthood. Through their services and programs providing housing, education, counseling, and life skills coaching, Vita Nova helps the kids in their organization through a lot of heart, hard work, and commitment. (Side note: Everyone should check out their life skills videos. They are awesome!!)
“Vita Nova” means new life, and that is what this selfless group of people give to these kids—self-esteem and the desire and knowledge to become productive, social human beings through endless support and communications. Think back to when you were 18 and all the challenges you faced still finding yourself while also discovering the world. Add in hormones and other typical physical and social issues that you faced. Now, subtract the structured support system that you likely had. Chances are, you would not have fared so well. In fact, here are some stats:
Each year approximately 26,000 young adults “age out” of foster care in the United States, according to the Annie E Casey Foundation. Four years after aging out, 25 percent have been homeless, less than half have graduated from high school and more than 80 percent are unable to support themselves.
As Vita Nova celebrates their 10th anniversary, they need the community’s support (whether financial or volunteerism), and you can help in so many different ways! Just go to vitanovainc.org (http://www.vitanovainc.org/) or call 561-689-0035 and ask for Jeff or visit their thrift store at 3129 S Congress Ave, Palm Springs, FL 33461!
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