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Building a Future at Angel Reach Village

Assisting Young Adults Bridge the Gap to Adulthood

At 18 years, children age out of Foster Care. This leaves most with nowhere to go, but with support from area businesses and residents, Angel Reach strives to fill the gap between teenager and true adulthood.

"We literally had kids knocking on the one and only house that we had at the time. Kids who were 18 and who had no place to go." Jean Radach, Executive Director of Angel Reach, remembers back in 2011 when she was a volunteer. Kids aged out of the foster care system would show up to the organization's single residence, a trash bag containing all their possessions in their hands, looking for support.

Grown way beyond the garage where two foster moms swapped clothes and food, Angel Reach keeps kids aging out of the foster care system off the streets and provides them the skills and experience they need to become independent and responsible adults.

Angel Reach serves three different types of clients: kinship families (children who have been removed from their living situation and now live with a relative), young adults ages 16-24 who have aged out of foster care and at risk for homelessness, and young adults in Montgomery County ages 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In 2022, Angel Reach housed 26 youths, provided 6,334 life skills coaching sessions, facilitated 1,258 counseling sessions, and logged 44,129 transportation miles.

The assistance does not stop once the kids are out on their own. Through the alumni program, Jean says Angel Reach strives to "fill the gaps where these kids don't have the support or someone to call when they have a question or when they get in trouble." 

Angel Reach is in expansion mode thanks to the help of three builders (First America, Grace Point Homes, and Home Adide/LevelTX). The organization broke ground in October of 2021 on the Angel Reach Village. The Village will more than double its current housing capacity by adding rooms for up to 30 additional residents. The project consists of 16 duplexes, about 550 square feet in size. Each features two bedrooms and will house one or two individuals. The extra room is needed as Angel Reach receives 30-35 referrals every month.

“At LevelTX we truly believe in our culture of family and community first. And together with the wonderful people at Angel Reach, we can make a difference in people's lives,” said Randall Dawson, VP of New Development at LevelTX Corporation. “When the opportunity came to us, it was unanimous to be part of this project.  There are so many young people who just need the support and guidance to become happy, successful, and productive citizens. And LevelTX  will continue to support Angel Reach to help grow the organization for the future.”

The transitional living program offers at-risk youths a chance to learn responsibility and accountability with a safety net that most kids receive from their parents. Residents pay rent and utilities for their homes. Half of the rent goes into a SAL program (savings for adult living) that creates a nest egg for when the time comes for them to transition into more complete independence.

Angel Reach is always looking for those who want to help through volunteer hours and donating funds. If you wish to contribute to the Angel Reach Village specifically, they are running a brick campaign to pay for the landscaping. Bricks can be purchased for $100. Each donated brick can be etched with a name or special message and will be adhered into the sidewalk or structure. AngelReach.org

"We literally had kids knocking on the one and only house that we had at the time. Kids who were 18 and who had no place to go." Jean Radach, executive director of Angel Reach, remembers back in 2011 when she was a volunteer. Kids aged out of the foster care system would show up to the organization's single residence, a trash bag containing all their possessions in their hands, looking for support.

Angel Reach Village will more than double its current housing capacity by adding rooms for up to 30 additional residents. The project consists of 16 duplexes, about 550 square feet in size. Each features two bedrooms and will house one or two individuals. The extra room is needed as Angel Reach receives 30-35 referrals every month.

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