In July 2019, Auberle officially welcomed Ward Home into the Auberle family as a subsidiary agency. Ward Home, a long-time provider of supervised independent living programs for youth in foster care, was founded in 1905 by Robert and Mary Catherine Ward to provide a safe haven for children who had no place to call home. The new partnership between Auberle and Ward Home offers an opportunity for both agencies to expand and enhance services to young people aging out of foster care in Southwestern PA.
SUPERVISED INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAMS
Ward Home’s Supervised Independent Living (SIL) Program is a community-based, residential program that serves foster youth, ages 16 to 20 years old, who have grown up in the foster care system. Ward Home foster youth live in apartment-style housing with 24-hour supervision, where they are taught vital life skills in our Life Skills Training Program. The SIL Program is designed to teach foster youth the responsibility of independence through the philosophy of self-discipline. The SIL sites are more than just temporary housing; they are safe, nurturing home environments where the foster youth are encouraged to reach their individual goals and grow into successful, independent members of the community.
Our teen girls site is located in the Wilkinsburg Borough and our teen boys site is located in Swissvale Borough. Emphasis is placed on developing social and life skills, obtaining and maintaining employment and/or volunteer work, completing an education plan, staying safe, and developing healthy relationships. Foster youth are engaged through enhanced creative and academic enrichment programming so that they become skilled enough to sustain independence.
MY BEST SELF PROGRAM
What is the My Best Self Program?
Ward Home’s My Best Self Program ensures that foster youth girls and boys between the ages of 12 to 21 years old, have access to hair care services and products. Through the My Best Self Program, foster youth also have the opportunity to participate in social skills workshops with the goal of enhancing each foster youth to look good, feel good and to be their best self.
Who can participate?
Females and males in the foster care system between the ages of 12 and 21.
How do I refer a foster youth?
If you are a foster parent or a caseworker who works with foster youth in need of hair care services or a special grooming product, please contact the My Best Self Program Coordinator at the information below.
I own a beauty parlor/barber shop/beauty supply store. How can I help?
If you are a hair salon, barber shop, or beauty product provider, and would like to make a difference in the life of a foster youth, please contact the My Best Self Program Coordinator at the information below to be added to our list of preferred vendors.
For more information on the My Best Self Program, contact: