Community Access Unlimited Open House Focuses On Youth

Tiffany Brown, Rohesia Hicks, Partnership of Children of Essex; Wanda Watson, CAU Director of Clinical Services, Mayor Chris Bollwage, Elizabeth; Latanya Palmer, CAU Aftercare Counselor

ELIZABETH – Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage and more than 60 providers from the Division of Youth and Family Services, nonprofit organizations, Union County Human Services and Correctional Services attended an Open House at Community Access Unlimited, on Wednesday, April 25, to learn about the TOP program which provides housing, education, vocational and independent living skills services for youth in Union County.

“We are pleased to be able to showcase our TOP program, which has been very successful in helping Union County’s most vulnerable youth – those who are homeless, in legal trouble, or leaving foster care without any experience of independent living, said Tanya Johnson, senior assistant executive director of youth services at Community Access Unlimited. “We appreciate the overwhelming interest of the providers and office holders in our community in making sure they have the most up to date information on opportunities available for the youth they represent. It shows their dedication to improving our community and helping young people succeed.”

TOP, the Transitional Opportunities Program, provides a full spectrum of services for youth ages 13 to 28. The program is a one-of-a-kind continuum, second to none in the state and competitive with the best youth programs across the nation. The continuum consists of seven out-of home placement opportunities for youth, each with varying degrees of support services, based on the needs of the youth. TOP offers Supervised Transitional Living Homes; Semi-Independent Living; Supported Housing; Transitional Services including vocational counseling, independent living skills assessment and training; Aftercare Case Management and the Union County Children’s Shelter.

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