What is Sol House?
In November of 2007, after many months of research, grant writing and collaboration with local agencies, Rainbow House opened its doors to Sol House, a Homeless Youth Program for homeless youth. A service of Rainbow House, this program will provide homeless youth 16-21 with housing, counseling, life skills training, and case management services for up to 18 months.
At Sol House, up to 8 residents can reside at this confidential location and complete their rite of passage into adulthood. The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a difficult journey. Many youth face multiple challenges: homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, and a little sense of hope for the future. Without real support, such youth may find themselves in and out of jail, dependent on the welfare system, or living their life in a chronic state of crisis.
Like the dawn of a new day, Sol House provides a ray of hope to youth in need.
The Homeless Youth Program helps youth with the following services:
- Safe and stable housing for up to 18 months with follow up support
- Educational opportunities: GED preparation, postsecondary training, or vocational education
- Assistance in job preparation: career counseling and job placement
- Mental health services: individual, family, and group counseling
- Physical health care: physical exams, health assessments, dental care
- Mentoring and Life-skill building: consumer education, budgeting, and financial planning
- Interpersonal skill building: enhancing skills to establish positive relationships
- Education and counseling to prevent, treat, and reduce substance abuse, domestic violence, & other issues
Criteria for youth to be considered admission into Homeless Youth Program includes:
Youth must not be older than 21 years old at the time of program entry. Youth must be homeless, in danger of becoming homeless, living in an unsafe or unhealthy environment, or have a proven need and demonstrated preparedness for transitional living services. Youth under 18 years old must have parent or guardian permission to participate in the Homeless Youth Program unless they meet personal requirements to become eligible under the “qualified minor law”-RSMo Section 431.056.
We are unable to accept youth who are pregnant, parenting, or have an open Children’s Division or DYS case. Youth must be willing to put forth their best effort in completing high school or working on their GED. If they have already received their diploma or GED, they will be expected to maintain full time employment during their stay.