(Chicago, IL) – Alternative Behavior Treatment Centers (ABTC) and Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) have opened the Douglas Park Transitional Living Program for youth. The program is designed to facilitate safe community reentry for youth who have been in detention by helping them build pro-social living skills and reconnect with their families or positive support networks.
Located at 1335 S. California Avenue in Chicago, the 10-bed, juvenile justice transitional living program will serve young people from ages 15 to 21. The project is a public-private partnership made possible by grants, in-kind product donations and volunteer resources from the State of Illinois, The Home Depot Foundation and The Home Depot.
“We are grateful to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services for helping to develop this program,” said Robin McGinnis, founder and CEO of ABTC. “We are also so appreciative of the work that volunteers from The Home Depot have done to renovate this home to help get kids safely back into their community. There’s no way we could have done this without their support.”
“All of us at The Home Depot are very honored to work on this project,” said Andy Christiansen, store manager for the Mundelein Home Depot, noting that volunteers have donated more than 500 hours to create a home-like living environment for the youth in the program. “We especially want to thank our volunteers and 11 stores within our district that have been working hard to make this happen.”
Pamela Rodriguez, president of TASC, added that a safe living environment is crucial for young people who are trying to establish a positive life. “We know that young people need safety and support, and sometimes they haven’t experienced a stable living environment until they come to a program like this. From here, we can help them establish their footing as they restart their lives on a more positive path.”
ABTC was founded in 1995 as a non-profit adolescent treatment agency to work with youth identified as difficult to manage and in need of residential care. Today ABTC operates numerous programs along a continuum of care for children, adolescents, families, and adults located throughout Illinois.
TASC has a 35-year history of promoting social justice and advocating for alternatives to incarceration. The agency serves nearly 20,000 adults and adolescents annually in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and family health programs across Illinois.
(Photos by D. Baille)