Youth in Delaware who age out of the foster care system and choose to enter the State’s Independent Living Program until they are 21 can receive assistance in the form of rent vouchers. They must find housing and either attend school or be employed in order to stay in the program. While they learn to navigate these substantial life challenges, First U’s ILYA Program (Independent Living for Young Adults) aspires to support them by providing basic housekeeping items and supplies after they secure housing.
Imagine finally moving into your first apartment, but then not having the basic living necessities to get started. Through ILYA’s New Apartment Kits project, we fill a laundry basket with about 50 essential items for each youth that helps to meet initial cooking, cleaning, meals, bathing, and laundry needs.
This year we have a particular need for several items for our youth. We are, once again, counting on First U members and friends to help fill our baskets! Come out to the church parking lot (730 Halstead Road) on Saturday, June 26th for our DRIVE UP & DROP OFF EVENT from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and donate an item or two. Keep in mind, only new items will be accepted unless an exception is noted.
It’s easy! Go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0b4faeab2ca4f49-2021 to view the list of needed items and sign up for the event.
As always, the ILYA team is most grateful for your support. We look forward to seeing many of you
in-person on June 26th!