The 127 is designed to provide a home for boys aging out of the foster care system. It provides a safe place to live in the stunning, wooded hill country of central Texas. Some of the boys may just need temporary shelter, a safe place to regroup and figure out their next step. Others may need vocational or educational training. We’re here to help them navigate through that treacherous time when the support they were provided through foster care is removed.
The foster care system was designed to provide short-term protection for children against abuse and neglect. A very worthy goal. What it wasn’t designed to do was provide long-term solutions for these kids. It doesn’t equip them with the skills they need to survive once they’re out of the system.
In a study of housing arrangements for kids leaving foster care, 25% of the boy and 29% of the girls had nowhere to go.
They were homeless.
A year later, the number of homeless had increased to 35% for boys and 29% for girls.
There is a gap in their lives that isn’t being filled.
- One study found that within a year of leaving foster care, 66% of them were homeless, in jail…or dead.
- A staggering 88% of the prison population came out of the foster care system.
- 19% of the boys and 15% of the girls leaving foster care will be sentenced to prison within two years.
That doesn’t mean they’re bad kids. It just means they have no support system, no education and they lack the basic skills to support themselves.
- Two to five years after leaving foster care, young men are imprisoned at a rate of 22% and women at 20%.
- After more than five years out of the foster care system, 55% of the males and 63% of the females are incarcerated.
These kids need a chance. They need more than just a bed to sleep in and food on the table. They need to make sense of the pain of their circumstances. They need mentors who will help them begin the process of becoming whole.
Here at the 127, we teach them life skills. How to balance a checkbook and manage their money. How to plan for a future and set goals. Even more, we help them meet those goals.
Help us help these kids.