Aim: A Place To Call Home aims to reduce homelessness and unemployment for kids aged out of foster care by providing a safe home to live in, employment and study opportunities and necessary life skills.
Purpose: To give the children who have left the foster care system a chance to succeed at life by giving them a sense of purpose and belonging. Getting them involved in something bigger than themselves.
What Happens: At age 18, the kids living in foster care are forced to leave the foster care home. The statistics show: 71% homelessness. 47% unemployment amongst foster care kids after they leave the foster care home.
History: The Old School was built in 1887. It's original purpose was to teach Welsh to the children. It has since been a kindergarden and Preschool to many children. This school still stands tall and proud today.
A Place To Call Home Has moved into the Old School and will offer life skills programs to the children who have left the foster care system. A Place To Call Home will become a Community Center where every child has the chance to succeed at life. An eight year program will be offered to the childlren giving basic everyday education, employment, study, apprenticships and the necessary life skills needed.
A Place To Call Home is being created in the heart of Ipswich. I have purchased a block of land that used to be the Old School built in 1887. Originally the Old Scool was built to teach Welsh to the children. I have taken some photographs of the buildings of the Old School. In these photos you will see the original buildings. These buildings are over 100 years old.