P.A.L.S. TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM
The PALS (Preparing Adolescents to Live Successfully) Transitional Living Program has been a flagship program within Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. since 1988. PALS is the only community-based transitional youth program in Mississippi certified by the Department of Mental Health. PALS is a transitional living program for youth ages 18-23. This program is located in Jackson and specializes in assisting homeless youth in becoming self-sufficient, contributing members of society. The PALS program is designed to facilitate healing, recovery, and promote the social and emotional well-being of youth who have experienced homelessness, neglect, exposure to violence and/or trauma.
The four pillars of the PALS program are:
Youth are connected with systems of care providers to assist with physical health, dental health, and mental health.
Youth are encouraged to maintain ongoing attachments to families, communities, schools and other social networks.
Education and Employment
Youth are connected to schools including post-secondary education or vocational training programs; improvement in interviewing skills; job attainment skills; financial literacy programs, and employment.
Safe and Stable Housing
Youth transition to safe and stable housing that appropriately matches their level of need which can include; rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, moving in with family, finding roommates, etc.
For more information on the PALS Program, please contact:
Noreen Davidson, LPC, NCC
Division Director of Residential Services
601.354.0983, Ext. 241
Community Support Specialist
"My experience with the PALS program has given me another chance at life, meaning they have given me the opportunity to start my life on the right track."
"I want to thank PALS for all the help and support they've given me during the last 4 months. All the staff treat me fairly and with respect and they respond to my problems immediately. They are always trying to help people change their lives. What I love the most is that they call and check-in to make sure things are going good with all the residents. They are trustworthy and really good people. They have helped make my life easier while taking care of my two younger brothers."