Rainbow House receives transitional living services grant

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 5:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Rainbow House homeless youth program received a grant from the federal Family and Youth Services Bureau.

According to a news release from Rainbow House, the grant is worth $179,999 per year for the next five years. The money will support the transitional living services program, which offers employment and educational opportunities, life skills training and mental health services for homeless youth and young adults.

The Rainbow House had received the same grant for October 2007 through September 2012, but lost that funding last year, said Claire Slama, homeless youth program director.

Officials submitted a new proposal for how they would use the federal funds and received word in May that they would receive funding again in 2013.

Founded in 1986, the Rainbow House has been committed to assisting children and families in crisis. The program, based in Columbia, serves more than 2,000 individuals annually, according to the release.

These services are more than just a roof over people's head and a hot meal. They offer programs to give the participants a chance to turn their lives around.

"This program provides a chance for these youth to gain stability and learn to be self-sufficient," Slama said in the release. "It gives them the chance to succeed."

Transitional living services are available to people ages 16 to 22 who need help finding a job, education or mental health services. Young adults in the program can stay up to 18 months or until their 22nd birthday.

The Rainbow House has beds available, Slama said, and would be glad to help anyone in need.

"We'd welcome them to give us a call," she said.

Supervising editor is Shaina Cavazos.

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