Transitional and Independent Living

Our Transitional and Independent Living Program teaches older adolescents how to successfully live on their own.


DCFS-referred youth ages 17-21

For the first time in a very long time…I’m okay.


Learning the Ropes

Transitional Living Program

Serving youth in DCFS care ages 17-21, our Transitional Living Program (TLP) helps youth successfully complete high school, gain work experience, and learn life skills that enable them to provide long-term stability for themselves after leaving DCFS care.

Youth in our TLP live in one of our shared residences which are staffed around-the-clock with Lawrence Hall Life Skills Educators. Life skills groups teach budgeting, employment skills, career planning, financial competence, time management, and basic apartment upkeep to prepare them for independent living. Our TLP prepares youth for our Independent Living Program or shared housing after they age out of DCFS care.

Spreading their Wings

Independent Living Program

Our Independent Living Program’s goal is to further our 18- to 21-year-old young adults in their education and secure employment in preparation to live independently.

Youth in this program identify their own stable housing, manage a lease and utilities in their name, and receive Lawrence Hall staff support in furthering their life skills and transitioning to total independence.


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