Lions and Tigers and Rent, OH MY!

Can you remember being 18 and fresh from high school graduation?  Possibilities were endless and maybe a little scary. You were going off to college, or maybe a full time job, but wherever you were headed, for the immediate future, you had the family roof over your head and a place at...

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The Delaware State Bar Association Joins ILYA Celebration of 2024 Graduates

The Delaware State Bar Association, (DSBA), was looking for a meaningful community outreach project. They heard about Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA). The collaboration began last fall, when ILYA was contacted by LaTonya Tucker, Director of Bar Services and Membership. DSBA staff, members and the DSBA are contributing the backpacks...

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Look What Just Appeared on Facebook about our own Lynn Ingersoll and ILYA. This lady right here has been such a prominent part of my life.

I met Lynn through this program called Lifelines at West End Neighborhood House for aged out foster youth when I was 18. She was volunteering through a program called ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults). I was working and taking college courses at the time and she sent me a few care...

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ILYA SAYS “THANK YOU!”

The INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR YOUNG ADULTS (ILYA) Leadership Team is so appreciative of all those who responded to the Share-the-Plate collection for ILYA’s year-round projects on Sunday, April 7th, and to those who gathered for the after-church discussion, Life After Foster Care, about the challenges facing youth exiting foster care without...

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ILYA Share the Plate – Sunday April 7

ILYA Share the Plate Sunday April 7 The Share-the-Plate collection for ILYA’s year-round projects will be taken that morning. ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) is a volunteer social action program whereby church members and friends coordinate with DFS and its five contract non-profit social agencies to support young adults...

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Director of Division of Family Services Discusses Aging Out of Foster Care – Sunday, April 7th – in the Sanctuary

Trenee Parker, the Director of Family Services (DFS), Delaware’s child protective agency, will discuss issues facing young adults as they age out of foster care and transition to adulthood on Sunday, April 7th, following the church service. The Share-the-Plate collection for ILYA’s year-round projects will be taken that morning. ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) is...

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18 and Out of the System…… Sort Of – Picture a teenager leaving their latest foster home with just a bag of personal belongings. Now what?

At 18, a former foster child can opt into a state-run program called Independent Living. They will get a caseworker, maybe rent assistance and (if meeting criteria) a small stipend. Luckily, in Delaware, and if they qualify academically, they can go to a state supported post-secondary educational institution. Free. If...

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Every Baby Deserves a Safe and Loving Start… ILYA is There to Help with Baby Supplies

Young people who have spent years of their own lives in foster care can unexpectedly find themselves soon to be parents — with little training, limited resources, and major time-consuming responsibilities like school and jobs! And no families to help. Once again, ILYA volunteers come to the rescue! Baby Supplies,...

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ILYA Holiday Giving Thank You!

The ILYA Holiday Gift Project team would like to extend a huge and sincere thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered your time, assembled and wrapped gifts and helped with writing holiday greeting cards.With the help of so many, our gift package was finally bundled in the parish hall on...

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Holiday Giving Time is here…

Let’s Make This Year Extra Special! Indndepenent Living for Young Adults, (ILYA) held the first of four wrapping events for the Holiday Giving Project; it was a great success! Special thanks to First UU Youth Group, The Questers, and many church members dropping by to donate and wrap gifts for...

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