The Turner House for Homeless Teens
Who We Are:
The Turner House will be unlike any traditional shelter for homeless youth. We have a comprehensive program that will help set young men and young women who are aging out of foster care on a path that will guide them in a healthy direction for a good future. We will play a vital part in their transition from homelessness to hopefulness and from need to self-sufficiency.
Why We Care:
Every year in the United States, 20,000 young people on average "age out" (turn 18) of the foster care system. In Oklahoma alone, there are over 10,000 children in the custody of the Department of Human Services (DHS), with more than 500 aging out every year. At 18 years old, many are still in need of support and services. Compared to other youth in the U.S., those who age out of foster care are less likely to complete high school or receive a GED, more likely to be unemployed and live in poverty, and often have mental health issues. Statistics also show that nearly 40% become homeless and one in four will either be sold into sex trafficking or will trade sex for survival.
Our desire is to provide a home that doesn't look like a shelter or institution on our 10 acres of land. We'll serve 60 young adults with housing that includes 30 double-occupancy bedrooms, separate dormitory style bathrooms, kitchen with fellowship hall/dining room, and a living area. Recreation and other activities located within the property include basketball & volleyball, a walking/jogging trail, and organic gardening.
Through partnerships in our community, we have created a program that is as unique as the young men and women we'll serve. They will have access to employment opportunities, work placement agencies and evaluation of career interest for work-development opportunities. Additional community resources our residents will have access to include education, recreation, culture, and counseling.
We believe that we can help these young men and women before they set out to begin their adult lives and help them acquire skills they need to be successful in life, equipping them to reach their potential and fulfill their own dreams in future families and careers.