So, my soon-to-be-official BST worker has been looking for some alternative living arrangements for me the past week or so and I think we’ve found a really good Independent Living program. It’s for individuals who have been in the system (had an open CPS case, been in Foster Care, etc..) but have since then aged out of it and need help getting steady footing. I’m allowed to stay there for up to two years, 30% of my paycheck goes to them as a sort of way to get us into the habit of paying bills and whatnot, I get my own apartment, and I have rigorous meetings with a case worker type of person (meaning someone will come in daily or every other day, make sure I’m taking care of myself properly, and work along side of me until I leave the program). The best part is that if I’m still in need of the program I’m at now with the Day Treatment and Basic Skills Training then I’m still allowed to do it. The Independent Living program my BST worker and I were looking into has a six-seven month waiting period so I have that time to just work on my therapy and BST.
Another great piece of news is that the staff at the program I’m in now want me to be a peer mentor and help with the Summer Camp activities they have in mind. Meaning I might get some sort of limited pay/part-time work with them!
I’m so excited, guys! I’m doing really freaking well and I can’t believe how far I’ve gotten!