Nonprofit helps young adults in foster care, needs Pooler housing

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Deborah Harris knows firsthand the importance of obtaining housing and life skills for young adults close to aging out of the foster care system.

Harris, 18, is getting that help and more from the Pooler nonprofit Gilliard & Company Independent Living Program.

G&Co provides housing and life skills for youth opting to remain in foster care at age 18 until their 21st birthday. Challenges young adults face if they exit foster care right at 18 are homelessness, sex trafficking, jail imprisonment, substance abuse and death by suicide or homicide.

G&Co provides a much-needed way for young adults to transition into independence and self-sufficiency after foster care. 

G&Co ILP provides all expenses for apartment-style housing complete with rent, utilities, groceries, furniture, access to extracurricular activities and more for ages 18 to 21. G&Co staff assist each young adult in seeking higher education, as well as connect them with employers.

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