Life Skills Training Center
The Road to Success Begins with Learning Skills for Life
The Life Skills Program serves not only residents of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, but also children living in group homes and foster homes in a twelve-parish region of North Louisiana. This program provides the opportunity for youth, ages 15-18 years, to learn the life skill necessary to transition successfully into independence. These youth also have the opportunity to return after completion of the program until the age of 21 to "brush up" on their skills.
This program is housed in the Life Skills Training Center where the staff works closely with residential staff to meet the needs of the LMCH residents as well as the foster youth. The beauty of this program is its ability to meet teens on their own level and grow them toward the goal of independent living. The essential life skills taught in this program include: personal appearance and hygiene, checkbook balancing, meal planning, money management, housing, parenting and sex education, and job-seeking skills.
Other services of the Life Skills Training Center include: Continuing Educational Services, Independent Living Skills Outreach Program, Youth Advisory Board, Mentoring, Positive Youth Development, LMCH Social Skills Program, the Hope Chest Donation Program, and the Transitional Living Program.
Residents and foster youth preparing to live in their first apartment are in great need of household items such as pots and pans, bathroom accessories, bedding, small appliances, etc. The Life Skills Training Center maintains the Hope Chest Program to collect donations of such items. Contact Angie Thomas, Director of Life Skills, at (318) 255-3717 if you wish to donate items or learn more about the Life Skills Training Center.
Transitional Living Program, From Dependence to Independence … One Step at a Time
Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) works to help older adolescents make a successful transition to self-sufficiency. The primary goal of TLP is to establish and support older adolescents in independent, apartment-living arrangements, preventing their long-term dependence on the social services system.
The Transitional Living Program offers participants guidance, support, and exercises designed to develop independent living skills and promote personal growth. Participants are integrated into their community.
A supervised apartment environment provides a more realistic independent living experience than either a foster or group home. The Transitional Living Program offers older teens opportunities to gain practical skills in self-sufficiency and focuses on educational, vocational, social and interpersonal development.