In the heart of Savannah Georgia, Gilliard and Company offer a hands-on approach to transitioning young adults who grew up in the foster care system, into independence.
Starting on the day of a youth's 18th birthday, a young adult now has a chance to experience living on thier own. G&Co ILP allows a young adult to enter and remain in the program up to 21 years of age. Most residents of the program vouch for the duration, such as a former Glynn county youth stating "I'm finally given the stability I need. I never had as much as 3 years of stability".
G&Co staff assists each young adult in seeking higher education as well as connects them with employers in the community. The G&Co ILP provides measurable outcomes and achievements along the way.
"I like the ILP program with G&Co because this is home built. While having your space my Life Coach & the Director still checks up on me", expresses current resident Davonnia. Davonnia came into G&Co ILP with new hopes of reidentifying what housing means to her. " I like it because at the end of this whole journey I will achieved a lot of things that I should know when I’m an adult" she expressed. Currently Davonnia will be persuing criminal justice along with working towards the goal of obtaining a car.
G&Co is a program designed to provide all expenses for apartment style housing complete with rent, utilities, groceries, furniture, access to extracurricular activities and much more.
Learn more about Savannah's new Independent Living Program for youth transitioning our of care by visiting the link below:
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Living over 18 places has taught me that every child deserves a home. Being a survivor of child abuse has taught me that every child needs to be heard. Growing up in foster care has taught me to bloom where I am planted. Being a mother and a wife has taught me to be resilient. Operating a charity has taught me that people really do want to help. Providing homes for youth in care has taught me that bad days does not mean a bad life. Advocating for children has taught me to be brave.