SECOND SUNDAY IS FEBRUARY 13th!

As we look ahead to February, we are reminded that Second Sunday is right around the corner on Valentine’s Day weekend, February 13th. It’s the perfect time to celebrate ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) at First U! Did you know that the ILYA Program has assisted young adults as...

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Reminder: Upcoming ILYA Student Care Package Volunteer Orientations

Just a reminder for those volunteers who have signed up to participate in this year’s ILYA Student Care Package Project. There are two options for the required Volunteer Orientation Zoom Sessions: Sunday, October 17th from 1:00-2:30 pm. Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Please contact ILYA Student Care Package Project...

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Reminder: There’s Still Time to Support ILYA College Students with Care Packages This School Year

Thank you to those who attended the recent Zoom Info Sessions to learn more about how ILYA’s (Independent Living for Young Adults) Student Care Package project supports young adults while they are pursuing their college/secondary education career. Even if you did not attend the info sessions, there’s still time to...

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The New School Year is Here! Support ILYA College Students with Care Packages

Thank you to those who attended the recent Zoom Information Sessions to learn more about how ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) Student Care Package project supports young adults while they are pursuing their college/secondary education career. Even if you did not attend the info sessions, you can still get...

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Family Furniture Donation Makes New Apartments Feel Like Home for ILYA Youth

Last December, after First U member Peggy Rawheiser passed away, her daughter, Debbie Rawheiser Robertson, started talking with her brothers about how fond their mother had been about the church’s ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) program and its mission of supporting youth aging out of the foster care system....

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HIP HIP HOORAY FOR OUR ILYA STUDENT CARE PACKAGE VOLUNTEERS!!

During this past school year, thirteen volunteers have been participating in the ILYA Student Care Package project led by Deb Griffin and assisted by Pauline Koch. Throughout the school year, these volunteers have sent “care” packages with items such as snacks and other goodies, school supplies, dorm decorations, household supplies,...

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Board Plank

The ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) program, an initiative of First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, is a volunteer run collection of projects that augment the offerings of the state sponsored Independent Living Services. Because of Covid, ILYA asked UU members to contribute to it’s Holiday Giving program to help...

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You Did It Again!

ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) is happy to announce that First U volunteers have been matched up with all the students asking for Student Care Packages. These young people who have just aged out of foster care are starting their academic and technical education with support… thanks to you!...

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Great Response – Thanks!

ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) thanks those who have supported this year’s Graduation Project. We’ve received many donations and shoppers have volunteered to help us make purchases for the backpacks. In addition, our project leader is enlisting the support of her company to fund laptop computers for the grads!...

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Heroes At Home

This past week, one of our ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) team members reached out to ask if there was an Independent Living Coordinator (ILC) who had any clients needing food during this COVID19 crisis. She said she wasn’t leaving home but her daughter was doing shopping for her...

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Many Hands Make the Work Lighter

What a wonderful celebration we had last Sunday! ILYA’s (Independent Living for Young Adults) 15th year of service! And how warmly you welcomed our special guests! Everyone from the youth who participated in the service to the Independent Living Coordinators and Delaware’s director of Independent Living all felt the love....

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You Did It Again!

Because of the generous support from the First U congregation and friends, it’s another successful Holiday Giving this year. The last minute shopping was done with the help of all the financial contributions you gave. And all the gifts you donated and those we purchased have been wrapped up and...

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Thank you, Questers!!!!

A great big THANK YOU from ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) goes out to our 4th, 5th and 6th grade Questers for the fantastic Family Night they held last Friday evening! They made chili, had a caramel apple station and thought up lots of fun games which made for...

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Congratulations to all!

It happened! The 2019 Graduation Pizza Party was held last week and as you can see in the pictures, below, a great time was had by all. High school grads, college grads, vocational school grads, foster care alumnae, Sophia Cywinksi, manager of the state’s Independent Living Program, Independent Living Coordinators...

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Radical Hospitality on the Heels of Radical Generosity

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington is the birthplace of the Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA) social justice program. Since its beginnings, members and friends of the church have been very generous supporters allowing early volunteers like Betty Wier, Barbara Crowell, Barbara Perry, J. Harry Feldman, Henrietta McKelvey and many...

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Backpack to the Future

There’s no going back for the young people graduating high school who now age out of foster care. These  students are looking to the future having overcome challenges most of us can’t even imagine. Oftentimes they were shifted through multiple schools adding more instability to the traumatic situations that disrupted...

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Babies Expected

ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults which is the social justice program at First U supporting young people who have aged out of foster care) is having another baby shower on June 2nd. We’ve collected much of what this young mother is lacking but there are a few things still...

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Helping With Moves

Too frequently, young people aging out of foster care have to move abruptly before they have a chance to find an apartment. When that happens, their Independent Living Coordinators often have to physically transport them to emergency housing but sometimes they have to take public transportation. One thing that makes...

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All Wrapped Up

As promised, here are some pictures of your generosity with ILYA’s Holiday Giving project. Carolyn Gibson and her elves spent over 2 days preparing and wrapping the gifts you provided for our young people who have aged out of foster care. The Independent Living Coordinators for ILYA (Independent Living for...

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First U Does it Again!!

Once again volunteers have made it possible to have every new student referral we received to receive Student Care Packages for this school year. Our last minute referrals were matched up! Independent Living for Young Adults matches up these volunteers who provide encouragement and support to the college freshmen who have...

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School is Open! 

Yes, a new school year has begun and that means ILYA (Independent Living for Young Adults) will need volunteers to send Student Care Packages to young adults continuing their education after aging out of foster care. It can be scary starting college as a freshman and having no family support...

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